One of my biggest fears with bringing up my kids is that they don’t like themselves, especially my daughter Boo! I would hate her to go through all the self hatred that I have done and I would certainly hate it if she had ‘learnt’ it from me.
I always try not to moan about my appearance in front of her, never say things like I’m so fat, ugly or I hate this or hate that.
I always try and make her feel good about herself… whether it be her looks, her ability to do things, her intelligence – I believe in building my kids up and hopefully they will stay there.
According to new research by Dove 69% of women say their child has seen them engaging in negative body language habits, with more than a third of mothers (34%) admitting that their child has mimicked their negative beauty behaviours. With these stats in mind, Dove is encouraging women to ensure a positive beauty legacy for future generations, by asking them to pledge their positive beauty legacy by sharing who in their life inspires them using #FeelBeautifulFor.
This video by Dove has just been released this lunch time and it kind of hits home how our kids can pick up on how we feel about ourselves.
I find it so hard to be confident and really like myself and I am sure that will come through with the way I act, talk and behave and I know I have to #feelbeautifulfor myself and my kids, I know they only see beauty when they look at me, they never see my wobbly belly as a bad thing. I need to let go of all my hang ups and feel beautiful so my kids can feel beautiful and we can all be happy.
How about you? Do you think you have a negative affect on your children by the way you feel about yourself? Do you think you can change that?
Dove has created a variety of self-esteem building materials and activity guides for women to discuss with young girls (aged 7-17) in their lives, so they can take steps to improve their self-esteem. The full range of self-esteem building materials can be downloaded from www.selfesteem.dove.co.uk. In September 2014, Dove created the ‘Mindful Me’ guide to help girls to be more mindful, while helping to build their self-belief as they mature in body, mind and spirit.
Visit www.Dove.co.uk/Legacy to watch the Dove: Legacy film.
Inspire the next generation of young women by leaving your own positive beauty legacy pledge at https://twitter.com/DoveUK #FeelBeautifulFor.
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