Natalia Lusinski
August 13, 2017 1:43 pm
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We love Laura Dern in everything she does, from Big Little Lies to Twin Peaks. Now, Laura Dern wrote a touching letter to her daughter, and her advice is timeless. The letter is to her 12-year-old, Jaya, and it appears in the September issue of InStyle. We’re telling you now — it’s ~amazing~, and we wish mothers everywhere were just like Dern! It gives our future selves #MomGoals for sure!

In a nutshell, it’s about expectations, and letting go of them, even in the midst of societal pressure. Here are our favorite excerpts from the letter. No matter if you’re Jaya’s age or an adult, one thing’s for sure — you’ll be able to relate.

So, sit back, relax, and prepare to be inspired.

Dern then goes into how she grew up in a “new time, culturally” — the 1970s, a time when women wanted to do more than women in past generations. But:

Hear ye, hear ye, right?! And how many of us wish we knew all this sooner?!

Then, Dern gets into what’s different between her generation growing up, and her daughter’s. Any guesses?

Okay, admit it, who can relate?!

In case you’re curious, we’re feeling like this about Dern’s letter.

And here are some super adorbs photos of Dern with her daughter over the years. Here, they’re at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala in January of this year.

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Don’t you LOVE how they’re holding hands?! Mother/daughter inspo, yes?! And here, they’re at the premiere of The Weinstein Company’s The Founder in Los Angeles, also in January of this year. Plus, more hand-holding! ❤️️

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And here are Dern and her daughter at the Wild premiere in L.A. back in 2014. The mother-daughter duo is too cute once again!

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You can check out Dern’s letter to her daughter in its entirety here at InStyle. Now, if you’ll excuse us while we go print it out and reread it 100 more times…

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