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A Letter to My Daughter on her Tenth Birthday

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My Darling,

Ten is a big number. It's a big responsibility. You have been taking on much more of that in the last year. Between chores in the house and no longer being the youngest of your dance family, you've taken on big girls' responsibilities.

We are starting to look at secondary schools. Your brother is keen on starting in September, and I'm so impressed with how hard you work on studying for the exams, especially because I know how hard it is for you to focus on things you find boring (like maths problems). I know you'll keep working hard because I know you've set your targets, and once you do that, nothing can stop you--not really.

I've been a bit reluctant about you working to improve your persuasive writing. I doubt we need you to be any more proficient in arguments than you already are. We'll have to see how that goes. But I do love how you set out your case for extra dessert or more screen time. It's good practice, even if you always hear a negative response.

This year has been weird. School was on-again-off-again, and for someone how has a tough time with transitions, you've done beautifully. We found out that working online isn't your forte. But now that in-person lessons are back you are back to your usual self. Dancing is back at the studio, and you've flourished into your place among the lovely girls who comprise your dance family, and I love that.

This year is a year of hard work. By this time next year, you'll be past your school exams and ready to start secondary school, which is a bit alarming for me. I know you are big now, and you even start to sound like a grownup sometimes. But I also know you are still, at heart, my snuggly baby girl. I see it at night sometimes.

My wish for you this year is resilience. It's going to be hard work, and you may not get what you want, but I know you'll keep aiming for the school that is the best fit for you, and in the end, I know you'll find a good place. We just might have some tantrums along the way, on all sides, but we'll have to navigate this troubled water when we get there.

Love as always,



Just because I'm impressed with myself that I've made it this far, here are links to the previous nine letters:


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