Prudent Advice

Life Lessons for My Daughter

Category Archives: Health

#169 Order whatever you want.

If you want a neon orange fruity cocktail with a paper umbrella and plastic monkey hanging off of it, go for it! If you want a bowl of lettuce with the dressing on the side, have one. Banana sandwich? Be my guest. No one should be judging you by the style of food and beverage you consume; if they do, eat with someone else next time!

#159 You reap what you sow.

I have always found this aphorism to be deeply touching. I don’t believe it means you are responsible for all the good and evil you experience. Things will happen to you in this life that you do not deserve. I know there is random unkindness and pain that I won’t be able to protect you from. But if you plant little seeds of goodness wherever you can, and you work to reflect light onto them, you will find that with the warmth of your effort and attention, they will reap abundant rewards. These rewards won’t come wrapped in patterned paper, but they also won’t disappear. If you neglect these opportunities, or if you use them to plant seeds of anger or disillusionment, you will regret it. Life can be unfair, but your deeds repay you in kind.

#154 You can talk to me about sex.

My parents didn’t discuss sex with me very much so I’m flying blind when it comes to communicating with you about this topic. I’m slightly uncomfortable and a little nervous that I’ll say the wrong thing, but it’s important to me that you and I can talk about this significant part of your life. I want you to know that you can ask me anything and I will always tell you the truth.

#142 Drink milk.

Fresh milk from the farm your extended family has maintained for generations is a special treat. And calcium is important for women, especially when you are very young and very old.