Earlier today, I read Tina Fey’s prayer for her daughter. It was hilarious (as you would expect from Tina Fey) but also heartfelt. It included things she hopes her daughter never does (like call her out in front of Hollister) and thing she hopes she experiences (hello awkward adolescence).
And it got me thinking. What mistakes would I prefer Tori never make?
But you know what? Almost every mistake is worth making (barring those that end in mental or physical harm to yourself or others). Here are a few in particular I hope she makes.
I hope she makes a few (hundred) wrong fashion choices. I know I did—and I was teased mercilessly for them. But by making choices that are outside the norm, you get to find out who you really are. And that? Is worth a few afternoons wishing you could crawl into a locker.
I hope she makes friends with an unpopular kid. Whether she turns out to be a social butterfly or a quiet fly-on-the-wall type, I hope she reaches out to someone who’s not accepted or commonly befriended. Someone who would otherwise be alone. Because those kids are usually the most beautiful people on the entire playground.
I hope she tries a sport—and fails miserably. I tried to be a swimmer for a couple seasons. Mostly because my brother did it and I thought he was pretty awesome. And you know what? I sucked. Badly. But I kept going (and kept sucking), even when I wanted to quit. That teaches persistence. And eventually? When you get marginally better? You know it was because you worked your ass off.
I hope she falls in love with the wrong guy (or girl). That kind of pain is priceless. After all, I intend to make sure her childhood is pretty much all sunshine and roses. So a little pain will be necessary to make her a well rounded person.
I could go on, but you’re probably all shaking your heads at the crazy woman. So I’ll stop. What mistakes do you hope your kids make?