My daughters and I talk almost daily about their dreams. When they are in the car they are famous singers, belting out their latest hit. When they are in the yard, they are fearless explorers, discovering strange beasts and exotic lands. When they are in the den, they are graceful dancers, choreographing dance routines for a rapt audience (our dogs.) One day my 5-year-old wants to be a dancer or an artist, the next day she wants to be a dentist. My 8-year-old loves horses, archeology, and dreams of being a famous soccer player or actress. I don’t dare diminish their ideas or tell them to limit their ambition. I know that self-doubt will soon start to chip away at those dreams. In just two years my oldest daughter will be in middle school and I want her to be ready to face peer pressure head on!
I am very proud to be a champion for the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem and to help spread the word about the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend October 22-24. Dove wants to help create a world where every woman and girl has the confidence to reach her full potential.
You can share your own insights at dovemovement.com and read what I, along with the other fantastic champions for the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem, had to say to our 13-year-old selves. What would you say?
There are three ways to get involved during the weekend of October 22-24:
- Participate in one of Dove’s national partner events: Girl Scouts of the USA, The Boys & Girls Club of America, and Girls, Inc.
- Host a self-esteem building event in your community.
- Download free self-esteem building activities and spend an hour with a girl or girls, in my case, in your life.
Don’t forget to register your events on the map at dovemovement.com
I’ll also be co-hosting a Tweet chat one evening in mid-October with a few of the Dove Movement champions, so stay tuned for details on what will be a great conversation about building self-esteem in young girls, tweens, and teens.
You can also show your support by liking the movement on Facebook or Tweeting your support by using the #Dovedifference hash tag.
Disclosure: I am not being compensated in any format for my participation as a Dove Movement for Self-Esteem champion. As a mother to two young girls, this is just a cause that is important to me!