Especially self-esteem in a young girl.
Having been a young girl myself, and also NOW being the MOM of a young girl,
I know first hand how hard it can be to deal with the pressure of having to BE perfect and beautiful.
I grew up always feeling insecure. Not good enough. Too fat. Not pretty enough. I was made fun of.
Kids can be so cruel, and just ridiculous at times. They used my OWN NAME to make fun of my weight.
I was called "Maria Is A Big Fat Bell" and "Maria -Is-A-Bella-Ringing".
I had low self-esteem. And at times its still a struggle to think differently, than I used to about myself.
With that in mind, these Dove® research statistics, I am about to share with you, really come as no shock to me.
However it does make my heart heavy, and fill me with empathy for all the young ladies out there who feel like this!
- 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
Who will treat a girl with love and respect. Who will appreciate a girl for more than her looks.
And most importantly for all of my children to KNOW that beauty is so much more than "looks".
Its never too early to talk to your child about self-esteem,
to make beauty a source of confidence, NOT anxiety!
Anxiety about beauty begins at an early age, and can even keep girls from doing what they love... I know that is has stopped me along the way, many times. I don't want that for my kids, or any young girl for that matter!
We can change that with a conversation. Reach out to the girl in your life and talk to her about beauty, confidence and self-esteem.
There are actually expert tips and real-world advice to get started with on the Dove® Self-Esteem Wall. Once you’ve had “the talk,” why don't you share your experience to help inspire other moms and mentors.
You can share a sentence, small story, or upload your favorite photo of you and the young girl in your life!
Its Dove's goal to boost confidence in 15 million girls by 2015.
Any time is a good time to start a conversation with a girl in your life about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. If you can sometimes be awkward with words at times (LIKE ME), and are not sure where to start... Dove has a wonderful Let’s Talk toolkit (click the link to download) with some great advice, to help you out.
I encourage you all to join with me to encourage our youth to feel confident and beautiful!
Lets help build their self-esteem! Lets not allow them to grow up struggling with a bad self-image.
Lets love them and encourage them to truly love their selves!
Please feel free to share with me how you may have struggled and overcome your own self-esteem issues.
Have you had "the talk" with your girls, or boys?
If so, How did it go?
If not, I do hope you feel inspired to do so now, lets boost their confidence now! ♥
♥Thanks to Dove for sponsoring today's discussion.