As a child, confidence was not one of my strong suits. In fact, I lacked it. A lot. I hated my hair, and really, the way I looked. And I’m sure I wasn’t alone.
I have two wonderful daughters, and I don’t want them to feel the way I did growing up.
I want to raise daughters with high self-esteem.
To love who they are, be happy with who they are.
Inside and out.
But I’m scared.
Already, at 4, Julia has talked about how she looks, what she’s wearing, and wonders often if others will like her clothes .
And Lauren? At 2, she is also particular about her clothes. In the mornings, she let’s me know what she will and will not wear. Perhaps it is 2 year-old defiance, but if it isn’t I need to be prepared.
I was astounded when I read Dove® research that shows,
• Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
• Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves
• 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful
• 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty
• More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic
SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited
This is not the way I want my daughters to feel.
But how do I talk to them? What do I say? Thankfully, Dove has made it easy with their Let’s Talk Toolkit.
Anxiety about beauty begins at an early age, and can even keep girls from doing what they love. You can change that with a conversation. Reach out to the girl in your life and talk to her about beauty, confidence and self-esteem.
You can find the expert tips and real-world advice to get started on the Self-Esteem Wall. Then, once you’ve had “the talk,” share your experience to help inspire other moms and mentors on the Self-Esteem Wall where you can share a sentence, small story, or upload your favorite photo of you and the young girl in your life from your desktop, Facebook or instagram.
Help Dove reach their goal of boosting confidence in 15 million girls by 2015.
Thanks to Dove for sponsoring today’s discussion. I’m pleased to be apart of it and promote healthy self-esteem in kids, especially my daughters.
How do you build your child’s self-esteem?