If there’s one thing I want Rylee to know is that she is beautiful and so very loved. I grew up with amazing parents who loved me well and told me I was beautiful and always reminded me of my worth….and yet, I still remember struggling with self confidence. There was so many things I felt were imperfect about appearance….my nose, my hips, my hair, my flat chest. I was pretty good at picking out my flaws and telling myself that I just wasn’t good enough and that no, I was not beautiful. I fed into those lies in my head and I let it affect who I was. Oh to go back in time again and know the things I know now. I believe that we are all created with purpose. We all come in different shapes and sizes and colors and that is what makes us beautiful and unique. Being a mom to a little girl scares me sometimes. As women, we are so often held to an unrealistic standard of beauty and I want so much to protect her from that, but I know I can’t. But as her mother, I know what I can do is love her (and tell her so), encourage her in her passions, acknowledge her strengths, and remind her that “even as a girl” she can be anything she wants to be if she works hard and believe’s in herself. And hopefully, HOPEFULLY, she grows up to see herself the way I see her!
I love the message that Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign is spreading. Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. Rylee is at an age now where she looks up to me in almost every way. She wants to be just like me, and while I selfishly really love that, it also holds a certain weight, knowing my words and actions are being soaked up like a sponge. Teaching her to love herself, starts with me.
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