I’m not gonna lie..I love beautiful things.
I love makeup, pretty dresses, and sparkle. But beauty is far more than skin, or skinny, deep. And while anything can be made on the surface shiny, what really makes a glow is self confidence and embracing who we are as unique individuals.
Now as a parents we have a duty and a responsibility to help our kids grow into strong leaders that love who they are. But more than that, we have a chance to make a difference in not only own child’s life, but the lives of other children, and collectively help them grow into productive and confident adults that know their self worth.
Dove, a leader in embracing beauty of all kinds, as launched an initiative that encourages families and individuals to get involved in the lives of a young person by pledging to spend atleast one hour with them building up who they are in a one on one scenario.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives and the routine of all of our children, that we can easily bypass those face to face moments that turn into experiences that children remember and ultimately live through them.
Research shows a link between a mother’s influence and her daughter’s ideas about health and body confidence. If mothers can become more aware of their attitudes towards their own bodies and those of their daughters, they can help their daughters stand up to the powerful influences in our culture that undermine their own sense of beauty and self‑worth.
What Dove is encouraging adults everywhere to do, especially you moms with your children, is to take some time out of your day during the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend this October 21st-23rd and participate in a self-esteem building activity with your daughter.
A few ideas are:
- Inspiration Board
Collect articles, magazine tear-outs and news clippings that represent issues surrounding self-esteem. Create a collage of positive messages and images, and keep it in a visible place as both an inspiration board and a reminder of how individuality makes everyone beautiful.
- Self-Esteem Scavenger Hunt
You can complete this activity right in your own home or take it on the road and expand it. Use the list of scavenger hunt clues below, or make your own and set a time limit to find all of the items and fulfill all of the tasks. Invite friends or family members to participate for double the fun.
- • Find a photo of when you were happy or acting silly
• Clip a headline that mentions a woman making the news in science, math or politics
• Sing your favorite song lyric
• Unearth a favorite birthday card you received
• Write a thank-you note to a parent, mentor or teacher
• Call a relative you haven’t spoken to in a while
• Perform a random act of kindness
• Give someone a compliment in person, face-to-face
• Discover an interesting fact about your parent(s) that you didn’t know before
• Ask a parent, mentor or teacher what life was like when they were your age.
This month I am pledging to spend some one on one time with my own daughter and help her feel good about who she is.
There will be plenty of people to bring her down in her life; her friends, boys, TV, magazines, and her own hormones. What I have to do now is give her the skills in those moments to cope with who she is and the confidence to realize that she can overcome her own thoughts to be who she wants to be….
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