As a mom to a new middle schooler this fall, I am so aware of the importance of self-esteem in young girls. The Dove Self-Esteem “Let’s Talk” Weekend has come to an end and I had a great time with my girls over the weekend. It was a great opportunity for me to sit and talk with my daughters about their individual talents and how awesome and unique they are.
Our weekend was actually heavily focused on fitness. I got up early that morning to participate in the American Heart Association walk in downtown Nashville and my 10-year-old daughter Miss C had a two-day soccer tournament. I talk a lot to my daughters about the importance of being fit and healthy (I believe being fit and strong and healthy is beautiful!) and I try to set a good example myself. Sports has been a big part of Miss C’s childhood and I truly believe that it has helped build her confidence. She’s experienced a lot of change the last few months with middle school and it’s really helped her maintain a steady balance while dealing with the elementary to middle school transition.
The big kickoff to the weekend, though, was a surprise girls’ night out downtown to (the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend also happened to coincide with the start of our fall break at school) to attend a fun event in Nashville. Although I honestly feel like we are always together, it’s not that often that just me and my girls take off for a night out. We talked about their favorite parts of school so far this year, their least favorite parts, and we just took time to have fun together and enjoy each others company away from the usual harried school and after school activity routine! It’s a pretty simple way to bond with my girls and I need to plan more special girls’ nights with them in the future!
When was the last time you had a special night out with your daughter(s)?
The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem invited all women to join them in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. Helping to build self-esteem in girls could be as simple as sharing some words of encouragement, spending time on a self-esteem building activity, or supporting self-esteem education efforts in your town through Girls Scouts (which my girls are both members of) or another organization.
I am so happy that we decided to participate in the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem weekend. My girls are growing up so quickly and I want them to always feel like they can talk to me about what’s going on in their lives.
This post was sponsored by Dove. As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are my own.