Building Your Daughters Confidence and Self Esteem with Dove

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Like any mother, I think my daughter is beautiful both inside and out. It pains me when she is insecure and doubts that she is beautiful, smart, funny, worth it, or good enough. While I try to constantly build her self-esteem, she has a tendency to be hard on herself.

We have been working on teaching her to love herself and to accept who she is. V has always been very shy and I think that this adds to her self doubt. I constantly find myself wishing that she could see the amazing girl that she is — the girl that I see when I look at her.

She is slowly coming around, and as she becomes more confident in herself, I can really see her accepting her strengths, working on her weaknesses, and accepting herself. While her self-esteem still needs a boost every now and again, we are working on it and I know that she will find out who she is and learn how to love herself unconditionally.

Every girl needs to know that she is beautiful, important, loved, and that she deserves to be respected, loved, and believed in. Every girl should be confident and love themselves. Learning to love yourself as you are can be really hard — I have struggled with that for years and years. The earlier that you can teach your daughter (or little sister, friend, cousin, or even the little girl you babysit for) how to recognize what makes her amazing and build her self-esteem the better she will be at loving and accepting herself.

Dove wants to help you help the girls in your life build their self-esteem!

Dove’s Self-Esteem Mission

Dove® is committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential. The Dove® Movement for Self-Esteem invites all women to join us in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.

We have reached more than 9 million girls so far and with your help we can reach our target of 15 million by 2015.

This past October 5-7, Dove hosted the third annual Self-Esteem Weekend, a nationwide rally to talk about beauty, confidence and self-esteem with girls everywhere.

Each time you buy Dove®, you help us and our charitable partners provide inspiring self-esteem programming for girls. Dove supports partnerships with after-school programs, self-esteem building events and education resources.

Visit the Self-Esteem Wall

Anxiety about beauty begins at an early age, and can even keep girls from doing what they love. You can change that with a conversation. Reach out to the girl in your life and talk to her about beauty, confidence and self-esteem.

You can find the expert tips and real-world advice to get started on the The Self-Esteem Wall. Then, once you’ve had “the talk,” share your experience to help inspire other moms and mentors.

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.

Help Dove reach their goal of boosting confidence in 15 million girls by 2015.

Download the Let’s Talk Toolkit

Any time is a good time to start a conversation with a girl in your life about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. Not sure where to start? Download the Let’s Talk toolkit to get some great advice.

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.

Surprising Self-Esteem Statistics

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

 Do you have any girls in your life that could benefit from a self-esteem boost? Could you?? How do you build up your daughters self-esteem?? I’d love to hear about it!

Head on over to Dove’s Facebook Page and join the conversation there.

And don’t forget to Download a copy of the Let’s Talk Toolkit — it is a fabulous tool to get you and your daughter talking!!

{Thanks to Dove for sponsoring today’s discussion! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest}


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