Self-Esteem is something that is so important for girls. I know first hand because my self-esteem has not always been the best. I grew up with a sister who was thinner than me, had longer hair than me, had more boyfriends than me, you get the picture. If anyone ever said something about how pretty I was my mom’s response was always “You should see my other daughter, she is really beautiful.” What I heard was “You should see my other daughter because she is not a fat ugly cow like Rita.” My mom never even realized that she did this until I mentioned it her one day. Of course I was 30 years old when I finally did.
My self-esteem changed when I met my husband. He always tells me how beautiful and sexy I am. The first time he told me that I was like “yeah right.” He told me that I had to stop because Victoria heard me and would learn that it’s okay to think badly about yourself. He made me realize what I was doing was repeating the cycle. I learned to think of myself as beautiful and sexy and it began to show more and more.
Dove is helping girls have the same wonderful self-esteem (at the ages when they actually should have it.) This weekend Dove is inviting women across the U.S to participate in the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend. The theme is Vive Mejor Hablemos (Let’s Talk) and you should check out the site. There is a toolkit that you can download and take some time this weekend to talk with your daughter about self-esteem.
Vive Mejor has all sorts of information for you and I would love to know what you and your daughter (or any girl in your life) shared this weekend. How do you foster great self-esteem in your daughter?