Powered by Mom wants to talk about building our girls’ self-esteem
Whether they are 5, 15 or 20 almost every female out there could use some encouragement of some kind to help build up their self-esteem. I’ve read that anxiety about beauty can start at an early age in girls and I’ve been a witness to it in various proportions with girls I know or in our family. It’s time to talk and build more self-esteem in all our girls!
You’ll see more about this later in the article but I don’t want any of you to miss the opportunity to download this free toolkit (no obligation of any kind required) to help us all to talk about building self-esteem in girls get the Let’s Talk Toolkit!
Here are some shocking statistics did you know this? Let’s talk!
- 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
I was shocked by those statistics until I reflected on it a bit and realized that yes I too have been my own worst beauty critic. Even now I sometimes find I criticize myself however what does stop me from doing this is that I don’t want my daughter to be that way. My 11 year old daughter Sian is very confident about most things and I want her to continue to be that way so I stop my self-criticism as I don’t want her doing that to herself. What kind of role model would I be if I’m trying to build her self-esteem but yet criticize my own looks? It’s amazing how becoming a mom helps to change our view on things like this. I always try to stop myself and her when we start to criticize our looks it’s not always easy but it’s important. As I said Sian is a fairly confident child however I think all girls still need support and encouragement with their self-esteem and for Sian it comes with her worrying about being smaller than other girls her age.
We tell her that her size does not matter but it’s her strength of character, her caring nature and always being the first one to help someone out that shines through. We say that most people notice that and they don’t care about her size which hey great things come in small packages anyways right? She always loves that line but in all seriousness we know it’s sometimes hard for her especially at this age when a lot of the girls she knows tower a good few feet or more over her and are maturing physically as girls do. I think this is age is a tough one for girls where they start to mature but those who mature at a slower rate sometimes feel left behind.
When I learned about Dove® being committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential and their Movement for Self-Esteem where they invite all women to join us in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety, I had to jump on board to help spread the word! I love that they have a Self-Esteem Wall everyone girl should have a self-esteem wall where and/or anyone that knows them talks about their wonderful qualities like being kind.
It has inspired me and even though I thought we were building Sian’s self-esteem which we were I realize now that we could be doing even more. So if like me you’d like to help build the self-esteem in a girl you know a good place to start is to download the free Let’s Talk Toolkit because any time is a good time to start that conversation with that girl about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. We want them to think of beauty as their character and qualities not their outer appearance and I truly believe that when they are beautiful on the inside it will shine through on the outside.
Created with Jess Weiner, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, this is a great resource for all women on starting a conversation in a simple way. Ask, Share, Listen and Act — you’ll find unintimidating ways to do make these a natural part of your talk about Self-Esteem.”. Feel free to check out Dove on Facebook where you can find out more information on Dove and this wonderful campaign.
Let’s build our girls’ self-esteem!
This article is sponsored by Dove