Self worth and beauty is an echo. It has a ripple affect that trickles throughout generations. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve paused at a mirror to lament this part or that and heard my Mom’s voice in my head. She said many of the same things regarding her own body when I was growing up. I recently watched the Dove- Beauty Legacy video and was reminded of how much I’m like my mother. I also started wondering if any of my own issues are being projected through to my daughter, Honey.
The video asks woman to write two lists: one of what they like about themselves, the other of what they dislike. Their daughters were asked to do the same. It was clear how easily our daughters pick up on our own insecurities. Trust me, they are always listening. I avoid making disparaging remarks as a general rule, but it’s easy enough for an off-the-cuff comment to fly out of my mouth. I have tried to ensure that Honey realizes that each of us is beautiful, without using qualifiers that I’ve heard many woman say such as “if only I lost a few pounds” or “if my eyes were different” or “if my nose wasn’t crooked”. I want her to know that being beautiful encompasses so much more than looks. Qualities such as compassion and loyalty shine through. That being said, looking and feeling confident go hand in hand.
Dove is encouraging woman to look and feel confident and pass that on to the next generation. Dove has helped more than 14 million girls build their self-esteem and we can help them increase that number. I want Honey to grow up in a world with strong, beautiful, confident women! She is well on her way and I hope that is due to my constant reminder to her that she is strong and beautiful. That she is smart and confident.
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