Right now, you are only two. But that hasn't stopped me from thinking about what you will be like as a teenager. I admit that there is part of me that shakes with fear at the thought of raising a teenage girl. I don't expect it to be easy. On either of us.
4. Pay attention in your classes. You may think you will never need to know that algebraic equation after the exam is over, but you'd be surprised at what will come back to haunt you once you settle on a career path!
5. Sometimes the middle of the road is good. I was nowhere near the coolest of kids, but I also wasn't the most unpopular. I was somewhere near the middle of the pack, and that was probably the very best place for me. I didn't get teased relentlessly, but I also didn't get involved in much of the drama.
6. In high school, as in life, when it comes to friends, quantity is far less important than quality. This chick right here? She was one of the best.
7. It's a lot easier not to care how popular or cool you are in high school if you have friends outside of that scene. I was lucky to have some outside avenues for forming lasting, meaningful friendships - namely, my ski team and summer camp, where I spent my summers from age 10 to age 19.
8. If you feel like experimenting, go ahead and dye your hair pink, like I did. Just stay away from things that
make you feel bad about yourself or kill your brain cells. Understand?
9. By the time you reach high school, you will have had a minimum of 10 years of martial arts training, so you'll be able to handle yourself if need be. But, for the love of Pete, keep yourself out of situations where you'll need to use it!
10. Remember I will be there for you through it all.