Mark Your Calendars for Dove’s Self-Esteem Weekend Oct. 5

“Mom, can I talk to you?”

Just last night my older daughter, Miss C, asked me to come to her room and discuss some changes going on at school. Now that she’s in middle school I find that she is doing this a couple of times a week and I don’t take this lightly. Frankly I am thrilled that she values our conversations, whether they be about sports or friends or anything else that’s on her mind, and that she’s not yet “too cool” to ask my advice! Of course, I have to respect her request for the silent school drop off in the mornings (lest I embarrass her by shouting out my car window “I love you!”) but that’s another situation entirely. The important thing is we are talking and I hope this sets a precedent for the high school years, which will be here before I know it. GOD HELP ME.

“Let’s Talk” is the theme of this year’s Dove Self-Esteem Weekend and I am very proud to once again help spread the word about this event. To kick things off, Dove is hosting a self-esteem building rally October 5 in New York City and will “Walk the Talk” with mentors and girls from their partner organizations (Girls, Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A), by marching in silence to the heart of Times Square. Their silence will represent all the conversations about beauty anxiety that haven’t taken place. The event will be covered on Twitter so be sure to follow @Dove and the hashtag #DoveInspired on October 5.

There are multiple ways you can get involved with your daughters, including replicating a “Let’s Talk” rally in your neighborhood or sending a “Let’s Talk” post card to a girl in your life to share how you overcame anxiety over beauty to reach your full potential. I think women are often our own worse critic when it comes to outer beauty and as a mom to two young daughters, especially, I want to constantly keep the dialogue about beauty and other issues going.
Starting today, September 18, you can visit to access free tools and resources to motivate and inspire a girl or girls in your life, including the “Let’s Talk” toolkit.
So, what girl in your life will you be having this very important conversation with?
Disclosure: Dove is compensating me for my role as blog ambassador.


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