The story behind LettersToDaughter

One of my favorite things to do is to observe and analyze the behavior of others and also the ways of our culture in general. I learn so much about right and wrong, good and evil, and plain ol’ manners by being keenly aware of my surroundings and interpreting what they mean to me and my loved ones.

I have an 8-year-old daughter and another child on the way. Although it pains me to think so, I know that my children will make many mistakes in life, just as I have. I also know that these mistakes will be good learning tools for them as they mature through life. However, I do think that parents can try to instruct their children to avoid some of the same mistakes they’ve made, or at least offer guidance on how to handle the hairy parts of life. And that’s why I’m writing this blog.

The blog will contain letters to my daughter explaining things I’ve learned or observed, along with suggestions on how she should handle those things in her own life. I by no means claim to be perfect, and I’m sure that readers will disagree with some of my words of wisdom. But I just want to convey to my children the world as I see it through my eyes, and hopefully offer them some mechanisms on how to navigate that world with confidence and grace.

This blog is not meant just for my children, however. It is my hope that anyone—man, woman, young, old—can learn from, or at least relate to, these letters and can likely add their own insight to them. So feel free to comment on my posts with anything you’d like to add. I want to learn from you, too.

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