For the majority of teen and tween girls, their looks have a tremendous impact on their self-esteem. Many girls avoid activities or stop doing things they love because of the way they feel about their looks. What can parents do? Join women across the county, October 5-7, when Dove will be holding a nationwide rally to talk about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. Commit to talk to the girl in your life during the weekend and beyond – it all starts with a conversation.
I remember being in junior high and high school and not wanting to go to school when I got a pimple. I was a good student but a little thing like a pimple made me feel ugly and my self-esteem was shot. Nobody ever spoke to me to help me get over this.
If you aren’t sure what to say to your daughters, download the Let’s Talk Toolkit on Dove’s Facebook Page. 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.
What is in the Dove Let’s Talk Toolkit:
- Questions to ask your teen or tween daughter
- Advice on sharing your own experiences
- When to listen
- Follow up your conversation with actions
I could not believe these statistics from Dove® research. It is so 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* 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
Disclosure: Thanks to Dove for sponsoring this discussion.
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