Taking care of myself means taking care of my daughter

A while ago I did Liv Lane’s amazing blogging class. Someone in the class posted this link on our FB page. Itโ€™s a great article by ย Susannah Conway who I have recently discovered and I have read some of her posts. She is real, honest and I like how she loves that her nephew has changed her life. Children can have that effect on you ๐Ÿ˜‰

This line from the article really resonated with me. ย โ€œI can look after myself, knowing that by healing my own hurts I wonโ€™t be passing them on to anyone else.โ€

Itโ€™s exactly the way I feel about raising my daughter. Itโ€™s important for me to help her through lifeโ€™s difficult moments and try to be there for her when she grows up. Sometimes I feel that there was a bigger plan in store for me after the breakup of my marriage. Everything I went through made me a better person, so that I can be a better mother and role model for her.

It really was a life-changing event for me and has changed the way I think about life and how to handle things. If only I had know these things when I was younger! But alas, wisdom comes with age. I just wish that I can part some of my wisdom onto her and that she will be willing to listen to me when she is a teenager!

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12 comments on “Taking care of myself means taking care of my daughter
  1. Emma says:

    A lovely post. Popping by from bloggers in bloom. Your blog is beautiful. Em โ™ฅ
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  2. Susan says:

    In a perfect world, we make no mistakes raising our children, Anneri. Ah, but this world is far from perfect…so the next best thing, as you said, be the healthiest role model you can be for your children.

    And understand that they will at some point rebel against EVERYTHING you’ve taught them because they have to find their own way. And if you’ve done it right, that way will ultimately lead back to where they came from.
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  3. I agree with Susan, we all learn from our mistakes and do become healthier role models for our kids. I love what resonated with you in the article, ‘by healing your own hurts you won’t be passing them on to others’. That’s my belief also and something that I’m striving for in life.
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  4. Sue says:

    Anneri, I think having to be there for our children brings out the best in us. I remember when I was healing after a broken marriage, it was my children that got me through the day. I know I had to be there for them and be the best that I could be. I’m sure to this day they don’t realize how important their role was for me then. Perhaps now that they are grown I should tell them. Take time for yourself, you deserve it!

  5. Such a beautiful post. Your daughter is so blessed to have you for her mom! I can only imagine how much wisdom you have to share with her.
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  6. Connie says:

    A very touching post. My children are adults now, and they have definitely changed my life for the best. There is a connection that never ends.
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Hi, I'm Anneri, a graphic designer living in Gordon's Bay, South Africa. I enjoy reading and spending time creating new things. I have loved to sew and do crafts as long as I can remember, and through my work as graphic designer learned some new skills along the way.

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