Though she's only 3 months old, once in a while I like to talk to my baby as though she's an adult. Instead of singing her the ABCs, I just level with her about life issues that she should know about as she grows up. These exchanges usually take place as I'm changing her diaper.
Today's life lesson was about knowing yourself and being true to yourself through honesty:
"Ruqaya, you need to know that the most important thing in life (after worshiping God, of course) is knowing yourself and being true to yourself through honesty. While growing up, you need to come to understand and appreciate yourself and your emotions. Never set aside your emotions in order to please someone else. For example, if someone has upset you or hurt your feelings, you need to be honest and tell that person how their actions have affected you. Your heart is the most important organ in your body and above all, you need to protect it (baba might say it's your brain that's the most important, but between you and me, it's your heart). In order to have true, honest, loving relationships, you need to first love yourself and then your heart and mind will be ready to love someone else."
Something tells me she agrees with me.