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So You’re 12 — One Moore Thing

Happy birthday Niko. I still can’t believe you are 12.

I remember so vividly you as a wide eyed two-year-old, full of cheeks and wonder.
People used to warn me how quick the time would pass, but I didn’t believe them. When
you have this adventurous little toddler and a curious four-year-old and twin babies on
your hips and you miss sleep and complete thoughts more than warm meals, you can’t
believe them. You only see the space right in front of you. You only see the lives that are
counting on you for their very survival, let alone their childhoods, so you can’t envision
any other place than the one you are trying to keep afloat.

But those longer days did somehow interlace to very fast years, just like they said they
would. And I didn’t believe them. But they were right. And here you are, thinned out
cheeks, bright eyes and dreams sketched in books of what you want to achieve. The
bridge between boyhood and manhood with the whole world in front of you.

This is what I want you to know and hold in this big twelfth year of yours:

Please don’t let this world make you cold.
Please don’t grow up too fast.
Please get along with your siblings.
Keep that glorious imagination.
Read more books.
Hug your momma.
Keep feeding that mind.
Work hard.
Breathe.
Go outside.
Do your chores.
Laugh more often.
Change is inevitable.
Keep riding the waves.
Just because you have the world at your fingertips doesn’t mean that you need to learn it
all at once.
Give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them.
Try new foods.
Give genuine compliments.
Hold open doors.
Be kind.
Stop comparing yourself to other kids.
Find your own happiness. Don’t expect anyone else to provide that for you.
Surround yourself with the people that lift you.
Listen to your gut.
If you know it is wrong, don’t do it.
You can always blame me as a reason to say no to something.

I will pick you up anywhere, anytime.
Say what you need to say.
Don’t hold onto the words that are meant to be released from you.
Let me carry what is too heavy for you to hold.
It is not okay to be mean.
It is okay to be angry but it takes great self-control to channel it so it doesn’t hurt others.
It is okay to listen to that voice inside of you that guides you from right and wrong.
It is okay to forgive.
It is okay to feel.
It is okay to hurt.
It is okay to cry.
It is okay to apologize.
It is okay to listen.
It is okay to need space.
It is okay to speak your truths.
It is okay to never stop dreaming.
It is okay for your momma to see the man that you are becoming and to miss the little
boy that you used to be. They were right, the time goes by too fast.

But I intend to do all I can to press pause as much as I can this year to just be there for
you. I am here. I have you. I see you. I am proud of you. I love you.

Always,
Momma

Katie has a new book out that is a collection of quotes and mic drops to embrace your inner warrior. “Girl Power” is available now on Amazon and is the perfect gift for all the warriors in your world. You can find out more details and book signing info on her instagram @katieyackleymoore. Endless thanks for reading. Xo

To read more blogs by Katie Moore click here.

MooreFam SKatie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Mommaand on Facebook.

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