Finding a strong sense of self esteem can be hard for many women:
“Oh (gosh), I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me, it’s unbelievable! ”
Wow.. if Angelina has a hard time with it, we are in good company!
I (JoJami) have been lucky because I had a wonderful role model for being independent and self-confident.
My mother, JoBee (who we have featured many times on our site) was a working mother of 2 daughters with a husband that traveled frequently and worked long hours. Yet, she was a loving mother of two very different daughters. My sister, Janeen was a tomboy and talented at riding horses, ballet and school came easy for her. I was the opposite, loved dressing up, reading and boys! (They distracted from the school work!)
However, my mother made sure that we both felt special and encouraged us to use our unique talents and pursue our individual passions.
Most of all, whenever my sister and I would fight about who’s turn it was to use the bathroom.…she reminded us to always love each other no matter what.
Because of her positive encouragement and good example, she has 2 self confident daughters with a close family bond.
Fast forward…both Deborah and I have our own daughters and now it’s our turn to set the example by encouraging them to find their inner talents and give them the tools to be able to navigate what can be a turbulent world.
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”
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Make sure you take the time to talk to your daughter or granddaughters on this important topic!
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