I've been thinking a lot about my teenage years lately. I blame the TV show Glee. Daniel and I were watching it on Tuesday night and I commented how glad I was to be past all those high school years and teenage angst! :)
My self-image problems started, as they do for many people, around the time I turned 13. My family moved cross-country and I no longer had close friends. I hit puberty and my body began to change and I was a little lost. I think back about that girl often. I wish I could tell her that things will get better. That she is so much stronger and smarter than she can imagine. That, even though her waistline will be a struggle for years to come, she will find friends who will like her for who she is, not what she looks like. That, even though high school is never the most fun place, she will do well and she will thrive in college and beyond. That she will become a strong, well-educated, well-traveled woman who has confidence and abilities and strength. And that her life will be fuller and more amazing than she ever imagined, thanks to her husband and these two little ones.
I'm proud to be writing this post as part of the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem. I think this is a great tool for helping us help our daughters and the other young women in our lives- and be more proud of ourselves as well! I know that having a daughter has really made me step back and take a look at my own self-esteem issues and the ways I look at myself. I want to be a positive role model for Vivian and someone who encourages her to find her strengths rather than worry about a number on the scale. According to Dove research, 51% of women report that they wished their mother had talked to them more often about their beauty and body image when growing up. We women have a big responsibility to the girls in our lives- we have so much to share and teach them. Let's make it a positive lesson!
So, what does this mean for us? Well, take a look at this video from Dove and be inspired! And join the Dove Movement!
Also, consider joining the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend on October 22nd-24th. You can get involved in many different ways- by participating in a national partner event with the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Boys & Girls Club of America, Girls, Inc., by hosting a self-esteem building event in your community (register your event at dovemovement.com) or by downloading free self-esteem building activities and spending an hour with a girl in your life (register at dovemovement.com). An hour of your time can make a big difference!
You can also "like" Dove on Facebook, tweet your support on the #Dovedifference hash tag, or find an event to join at Dovemovement.com. Go now, get involved!
Disclosure: As thanks for my time, I was sent a Dove Self Esteem Weekend Kit. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.