Daughter Poem

A mother writes to her daughter, letting her know how much she loves her. Written and dedicated to my precious daughter - Tammy - in 1990.

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I have been trying to figure out how to put these feelings into words and I read this and this was it. My daughter is 16 today and needless to say this made her day. Thank you for your...

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As I Watch You Grow


Published by Family Friend Poems July 2006 with permission of the Author.

Do you know how much you mean to me?
As you grow into what you will be.
You came from within, from just beneath my heart.
It's there you'll always be, though your own life will now start.
You're growing so fast it sends me awhirl,
With misty eyes I ask, where's my little girl?
I know sometimes to you I seem harsh and so unfair,
But one day you will see, I taught you well because I care.
The next few years will so quickly fly,
With laughter and joy, mixed with a few tears to cry.
As you begin your growth to womanhood, this fact you must know,
You'll always be my source of pride, no matter where you go.
You must stand up tall and proud, within you feel no fear,
For all your dreams and goals sit before you very near.
With God's love in your heart and the world by its tail,
You'll always be my winner, and victory will prevail.
For you this poem was written, with help from above,
To tell you in a rhythm of your Mother's heartfelt love!


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  • Cindi by Cindi
  • 7 years ago

I have been trying to figure out how to put these feelings into words and I read this and this was it. My daughter is 16 today and needless to say this made her day. Thank you for your wonderful knowledge and wording. I cried reading it the 1st time and every time since and I think I saw a tear in her eye too.

  • Sydney by Sydney, Australia
  • 9 years ago

Thank you so much for the beautiful poem...this is exactly what I was looking for as my daughter is turning 17 tomorrow. It touched me to the core of my heart and I am going to create a birthday card for her with her picture on it. This is exactly what I want to tell her on her birthday.

  • Daniella Felix by Daniella Felix
  • 9 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this heartfelt poem! It totally caught me off guard while touching the very core of my soul. My eldest of daughters will be 15 in exactly one week. Your beautiful words stirred up a whirlwind of emotions within me as I reminisce on the wonderful times mothering my Cassie! Feeling extremely blessed and grateful to have her in my life!

  • Maria by Maria
  • 9 years ago

My daughter is turning 16 in just one more week and was looking for the right words to express my feeling and how much I love her. Then I come across your heartfelt poem. I had tears in my eyes as I read it, because word for word is exactly what I want to tell my daughter. I'm going to share it on FB adding a few pictures of her from when she was a baby to present. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words.

  • New Jersey by New Jersey
  • 10 years ago

Thank you so much for writing in such beautiful way, like if you could guess what I was feeling for my daughter, but I could not express.
thank you so much

  • Destine by Destine, Bluffton Indiana
  • 10 years ago

I am 16 years old. I currently live in Indiana with my mother and my boyfriend. I have a daughter. Yes I know I'm young but she means the world to me. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for her. My boyfriend is her biological father. I knew from the moment she came into this world he was going to be wrapped around her little finger. As am I. She is honestly a blessing. Before we found out I was pregnant we were very heavily into drugs. Doing anything and everything that would gives us a change and take us from reality. But the day we found out I was pregnant we stopped. Never touching it again. She is really our miracle. She saved both of our lives and then some. I honestly don't know where I would be without my baby girl.

  • Delhi by Delhi, India
  • 10 years ago

Tears rolled down my cheeks when I read the first few lines.

The poem hit me where it should, straight to the heart. It communicates my current thoughts beautifully and will mean as much to my daughter who is away to Canada to excel in Tennis.


  • Rama Mittal by Rama Mittal
  • 10 years ago

I am blessed with two daughters and both are away for higher studies. Now that I have superannuated I have plenty of time to remember and miss my daughters all the more. Reading these poems I just want my daughters to know that no matter where they are they will always be in my heart and that both me and their dad are proud of our daughters and their accomplishments.

  • Monson by Monson, Ma
  • 11 years ago

Thank you for this poem. My daughter is going to be 21. I love her so much and we are the best of friends. She has been riding horses since was 4 and I have been to every lesson and every show and we are still doing the same. We have bonded though the years so tightly that words can not express, but this poem is perfect for me to share with her on 21st birthday when I know that she now is a woman.

  • Kandi by Kandi
  • 11 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this poem. I can't believe that you have said everything I am feeling for my 17 year old daughter.
Communication has been tough lately and feel like I have lost a piece of her. I intend on sharing this with her in hopes of the beginning of a new start.
Thanks Again!!!

  • Jaqueline by Jaqueline
  • 11 years ago

Like the rest of these beautiful parents I was looking for words to express how much I love my daughter. Thank you to the poet!

  • Karen by Karen, Florida
  • 11 years ago

I was looking for the perfect words to tell my daughter how much I love her, I am doing a drama page for her last play and last year in High School, and this says it all perfectly.
Thank you to the author for her beautiful words.

  • Donna by Donna, Essex
  • 11 years ago

WOW!! I went looking for some words to try tell my 13 year old daughter how much she means to me on her birthday and WOW I'm in tears this just says it so beautifully thank you so much.

  • Melody by Melody, Suitland Md
  • 11 years ago

This poem touched me so deep, I have 3 daughters and the oldest turning 20 this year, this was a great poem for her birthday, it said everything I wanted. Thank you

  • Kay Theese by Kay Theese Poet
  • 11 years ago

I wrote this poem for my lovely daughter who has grown into my best friend. I love hearing others sharing my poem.

  • Gary And Janice Smith by Gary And Janice Smith
  • 11 years ago

I am a father that has a baby girl turning 18 on 9/7 I was looking for something that really spoke to the true depth of my love for my daughter. This did just that, I posted this on her FB for her to read, I mad some minor changes to reflect her mother and I so it came from us both. Thank you for such a heart felt poem that reached deep within us.

  • Janel White by Janel White
  • 12 years ago

I have 4 daughters, and this poem is EVERYTHING you would want to say to your daughter. I keep reading it over and over again. I love this, and thank you for writing it.

  • Coventry by Coventry
  • 12 years ago

My 14 year old daughter did something really silly and as a result of this she thought I would love her less. I have tried so hard to reassure her this is not the case and that I will always love her no matter what... I'm not the best with words but this poem said all I needed to say, like someone else I cried when I read it I just hope that when she reads it later today she will realize I love her more than life itself.. she is my first born and was very poorly when she was little and I thought I might lose her then and that nearly destroyed me, to lose her now because of one mistake would kill me...

  • Nita by Nita, London
  • 12 years ago

A beautiful poem, that says exactly how I feel about my daughters. I think this will be perfect to share with my eldest daughter who is turning 18 tomorrow on the 6th January. She is so kind hearted, so lovely, my first born and a real pleasure to have been blessed with. She is a friend to me also, very emotional, so I'm sorry if it makes her cry. I've always believed in her, and always will.
Thank you so much for sharing this poem with all of us Kay Theese.

  • Ravi by Ravi
  • 12 years ago

Although this is written by a mother to a daughter, I have the same feelings for my daughter although I am a father. These were the thoughts in my mind and you have captured it very warmly and beautifully. Thanks.

  • Rachel by Rachel, Malawi
  • 12 years ago

It touched me a lot! I have an only child on this earth and that's her, unfortunately I started leaving her with my brother at the age of 5 and now am back in the country as she is turning 17 and have just married! She doesn't like the step dad and I feel very bad and guilty because she is always isolating herself! I wish she could know how much I care about her.

  • Elizabeth by Elizabeth
  • 12 years ago

Yes this poem made me cry too, this poem is just what I have been looking for. I find it difficult to put into words my feelings and I wanted to write something special but real, and like Louise's my daughter will be 18, tomorrow, so thank you for sharing and I will now share this with many others.
Thank you Kay, you have a beautiful gift.

  • Louise by Louise, Uk
  • 12 years ago

I can hardly write this email with tears in my eyes, my beautiful daughter will be 18 in two weeks and this is just perfect thanks

  • Joan by Joan, New Jersey
  • 12 years ago

Loved it..gave it to My Daughter in a Frame on her wedding Day with a Baby Photo printed on it. Thank you. Tears came tumbling down her Face.

  • Fatima by Fatima, Los Angeles
  • 13 years ago

Thank you so much for writing this poem. My daughter is heading to college and I am trying to write her a letter but it seems so hard to put all those right words together. But when I saw this poem, I did not even blink my eyes. I said this is what I want to express to my daughter. I will miss my daughter so much but I know this is for her future.

  • Adriana by Adriana, United States
  • 13 years ago

My first baby girl will be turning 17 this year ... every year I try to remind her, how special she truly is to me (her mother) ... these words truly do describe the bond a mom and daughter can have & the precious gift a daughter can be. Thanks for sharing!<3

  • England by England
  • 13 years ago

My daughter has a birthday in a few weeks and I want her to know how much I love her (as we seem to grow apart at times) This poem sums up my feelings for her and my girl is also called Tammy. I'm going to show her this.

  • Brittany by Brittany
  • 13 years ago

I was feeling really bad and hating myself about two hours ago. I started crying and my mom came in and hugged me and told me she loved me. And she told me that she would always be proud of me even if I was doing bad in school, which I am because I've been slacking off. When I got on my Facebook a few minutes ago I found this link which she had posted on her wall and said it was for me. It made me so happy and now all my bad feelings are gone. I love her so much.

  • Hazel by Hazel, Manila
  • 13 years ago

I have a teenager daughter who will be celebrating her birthday this Oct 12. I am sure I will make her cry with this poem.
Thank you so much for sharing this. This has been very true to me as a mother for my growing daughter, how time really passes by so quickly, not noticing how kids have grown so fast...

  • Vijayalakshmi by Vijayalakshmi, India
  • 13 years ago

I want to tell my daughter all these things but unable to express. hope she reads and understands me. she has never been a problem to me and I feel I could not have got a better daughter than her. sometimes she is like a mother to me. I am proud of my daughter and I wish her all the best things in life.

  • Saudi Arabia by Saudi Arabia
  • 13 years ago

I have two daughters..recently I left my elder daughter in a boarding school in India, my home country and now I miss her a lot...this poem speaks my feelings!

  • Maxine by Maxine, Germany
  • 13 years ago

This is a beautiful verse. My daughter is about to go to boarding school in the U.K for the very first time and I have been looking for a poem to write to her before she leaves....This one is perfect and I actually shed a tear when I read it. It says everything in it that I am feeling right now, and also exactly what I want for her too. Thank you x

  • South Africa by South Africa
  • 13 years ago

The poem touched me, I was actually looking for special words for my daughter whom God is blessing abundantly and I did not know how to express my love and happiness to her. This poem really gave me proper words to give my little one. It's as if the author knew what's inside of my heart. Thank you for this wonderful poem.

  • Sharon by Sharon, Australia
  • 13 years ago

This is a gorgeous poem...it's everything I want to say to my daughter at this moment in time. Thank you

  • Donna by Donna, Willow AK
  • 14 years ago

This is a very beautiful poem.

This poem actually made me cry. My oldest daughter and I were/are best friends, but we seem to have grown apart.

I have been hard on her at times, but it's only because I care so-ooo much for her, and want her to do better than I have, and I know she can do it.

I hope she will read this and forgive me for not being the best Mom that I could be, and hopefully understand that that is what I am trying to be.

I love her with all my ♥.

Thank you so much, for sharing this very touching poem.

  • Lee by Lee
  • 14 years ago

I have 2 beautiful daughters - these are lovely words and so true

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