Someday I’m inevitably going to run into a situation where Levi will experience bullying, self-esteem issues, and sad moments. It’s all an unfortunate part of growing up and something I’ll just have to be prepared for. On top of all of those, I cannot imagine what it would be like to try to prepare for the image concerns that come along with raising a little girl.
Dove® research shows that it is still important for us to address girls’ anxiety about looks, as there is a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls’ confidence as they grow older. Key findings from our latest research include: • 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 SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited
I’ve partnered up with Dove® to bring families with growing young women a toolkit to help them talk about self-esteem. 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. Anxiety about beauty begins at an early age, and can even keep girls from doing what they love. Confidence is something we need to survive in the career world and not every woman has it when she hits adulthood.
You can change that with a conversation.
You can find the expert tips and real-world advice to get started on the Self-Esteem Wall. Then, once you’ve had “the talk,” share your experience to help inspire other moms and mentors.
I loved seeing all of the other moms who have added to the wall and shared that they tell their daughters how beautiful they are. It was really touching. You can share a sentence, small story, or upload your favorite photo of you and the young girl in your life from your desktop, Facebook or Instagram. Let’s help Dove reach their goal of boosting confidence in 15 million girls by 2015!
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