What advice would you give your younger self?

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In the soon-to-be released book If I'd Known Then: Women Under 35 Write Letters to Their Younger Selves women were asked to write letters to the girls they once were. An exercise in 'if I knew then what I know now', these women share hard-earned bits of wisdom with the young women of today.

One of the contributors is actress Jessica Alba. She wants young girls to know that "boys are awful" and are "nothing but hormones until they're 20 or 21." She also implores young girls to keep things in perspective when it comes to the opposite sex. "It's fun to have a crush, but don't think it's forever...And use birth control and condoms please." Despite the fact that 26-year-old Alba is unmarried and apparently unintentionally pregnant, it's good advice.

If I could send a letter back in time, I would try to convince myself to slow down and not be in such a hurry to grow up. Childhood is fleeting, but adulthood and all its responsibility lasts forever.

Imagine you had the opportunity to talk to your younger self. What would you say?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.