Things I Want My Daughter To Know – No Excuses



If you missed the first installment of Things I Want My Daughter to Know, you can catch up with You Deserve the Best here.

Don’t Make Excuses…Ever

C, there will be times in your life, many times, where making up an excuse to do something (or more importantly an excuse not to do something) will be easier than doing the right thing. Don’t do that. Doing the right thing is hard. But it’s ALWAYS worth it. No excuses.

Excuses are easy to find and easy to make. And often they’re made out of laziness or to avoid inconvenience. I try hard not to make excuses for myself (but don’t always succeed). You call me on it. There are many times that I say that we can’t do something and when you ask why, my response is an excuse. You call me on it. Good for you. I am happy that you do that, because it makes me realize that it is just that, an excuse. There is no reason that you can’t do watercolors before dinner because I know I need to set the table soon. We’ll just clean it up.

As you grow older, make sure you are true to yourself and others. If there is something that you don’t want to do, don’t do it. Don’t make an excuse for it, be honest. Just tell them. Tell those that are asking you to do it, why you won’t or don’t want to. Just be honest and upfront with them. In the end, it ALWAYS works out better this way. You will find that your most cherished friends are those that you can count on to tell you the truth. They will appreciate that in return. They will respect you for it in the long run.

When you are offered an opportunity to experience something that takes you out of your comfort zone, maybe to go on a trip or take on a project that you’ve never done before, think before you make an excuse. Because if you don’t do it, you will probably regret it. Experience those things. Experience new things. Working around obstacles will make you a stronger person. Don’t be quick to say you can’t do something. Remove that word “can’t” from your vocabulary. If you choose not to do something, make sure that it is because you’ve made the choice, not because you tell yourself you can’t.

You will miss out on so much by making excuses. Don’t be someone who makes excuses.  Be that person that is true…always.



About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. We can all use that advice!
    Heather S. recently posted…Mardi Gras Masks and a Counting Manipulative {Crafts for Kids}My Profile

  2. I agree. The problem with excuses and allowing them is that it sets up a culture of no accountability. It’s important to own your triumphs as well as your mistakes.
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  3. That reminds me of something that happened this weekend. I gave the kids a choice of seeing the penguins or going to the library. They chose the penguins. However, it came up again, and one child presented it as I had promised something which they didn’t get to do. When I said I offered them a choice, then they remembered. And, I remembered that I need to say yes more often to the library because it’s come up a few times recently.
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    • It is such a hard thing to teach! Especially when it is a constant struggle to remember not to make excuses yourself. I know I have a hard time with it sometimes with our busy schedule, but I try to reevaluate every so often so that I can do better…

  4. EXCELLENT!!!!!
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  5. GREAT advice… Wish I had learned that early on.
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