Author Alexandra Stoddard packs a treasure trove of thoughtful advice in an eye-catching, attractive little hardcover book- Things I Want My Daughters to Know: A Small Book About the Big Issues in Life. As the title suggests, Stoddard’s intention is to share her ideas, opinions and what she refers to as “profound truths” in order for women to experience joyous living. Stoddard is an author of many books, a mother, a wife, a grandmother and a well-known lifestyle philosopher, and her knowledge and experience enable her to impart valuable information in the form of short essays in her book.
The principles in this book vary from philosophical (“Give Anonymously”) to lighthearted yet practical (“Open Presents Slowly”), but all of her essays have a guiding principle in mind: to nurture one’s self, tackle challenges, and to experience the various joys and gifts that life has to offer. One of my favorite essays is Stoddard’s reminder to us to “Hurry Never” through life and to instead concentrate on living in the present moment. While many of us know that rushing through life from one task to the next is undesirable, Stoddard’s book is a gentle, positive reminder as to why it is important to live deliberately and thoughtfully.
Other essays that really got me thinking were “An Invitation is Not an Obligation,” “Remember that Everyone Is Struggling,” “Don’t See People for How They Could Be, but as They Really Are,” and “There Is No Security Except Within Us.” Stoddard has a unique talent for delivering her various insights and opinions without sounding preachy. Reading the book feels like sitting down with a wise, learned female friend. This book is a wonderful, insightful read, and I highly recommend it to all women. The book truly transcends the title because it is a wonderful resource for all women, although I certainly intend to share Stoddard’s “profound truths” with my daughter as she grows.