16 Things I Want My 16 year-old to Know on Her 16th Birthday

Great messages for teens and adults alike!

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Today my fourth daughter, my baby, Mataya, turns 16. And my oldest daughter has her 21st in just a few months.

Both huge milestones in a person’s life. Milestones I remember so vividly that it terrifies me that humans to which I gave birth are now on the cusp of making their own memories about these big birthdays.

And while I know that it is cliche to say: time just is going so fast.

Not because I don’t think my daughters aren’t ready to be independent people. In many ways, they already are. It’s more that I feel a rising panic that there are so many things I want to make sure they know as they make their own way in the world.

So, in honor of Mataya’s sweet 16, indulge me as I list 16 things I want her to know.

1. This is your life to live. Not…

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