She is BEAUTIFUL...
I don't know about you but to me this had to have been the shortest weekend known to man. Even though I do miss the weekend, I'm happy to start a new week and cross some things off of my to-do list.
In today's society, the definition of beauty is so limited and even at a young age, young girls are re-evaluating what they've known to be beautiful and beginning to conform to society's standards. It's so important as a mother to ensure your daughter's confidence is at an all time high! We have to go to war for our daughter's self-confidence, not allowing for people who mean them no good to define it for them. It's interesting watching my daughter begin to notice various things about her body and her beauty so I make it my mission to remind her of her beauty on a consistent basis.
AFFIRMING my daughter is something I do on a daily basis. Affirming her reassures that the beauty she posses is much deeper than outside features. I let her know, although she's beautiful beyond measures, it's her inner beauty that'll grant her more open doors than closed ones. On her way to school after we have said our morning prayers, I make her repeat after me affirmation statements which confirms her inner and outer beauty. I NEVER allow for her to go to school feeling less than. I make sure to affirm her on the way to school because that's where she fights her toughest battles.
SELF-EXPRESSION is important in helping to define your daughter's self-confidence because it allows her to truly be who she feels she wants to be. It can be found in simple things such as picking out her own clothes for school, allowing her to gather a few of her favorite pieces on a shopping trip and allowing her to participate in activities that bring her true joy and happiness versus what we want as mothers for her to be in. Self-Expression makes her comfortable with who she really is and that's what it's all about mommies.
CIRCLE CONTROL is so essential because it allows for your daughter to be surrounded by like minded little girls which causes for her to become comfortable in her own skin. Having her around little girls who confidently express themselves also allows for her to mirror that same behavior. Let's be honest mommies, as much as some of us try to deny it, our daughter's peers can sometimes have a heavier influence on them then we ever could. We have to be sure to surround them with positive, beautiful, smart, amazing little girls.
You are your daughter's role model and it's soooo important to model a high level of self-confidence and self-love. We can do all the things listed above but if you're consistently downing yourself and your beauty, they'll mirror the same. Show them that regardless of your flaws, it's important to unapologetically love themselves! Self-Love is essential in loving others because you can't truly love someone if you don't love yourself.
"I'm going to be a warrior for my children's self-esteem, particularly my girls. I will go to war protecting their senses of self-worth. I will stand as a shield between them and society and they'll never go a day without hearing from me how beautiful and worthy they are, how special they are, and how blessed the world is by virtue of them existing. The world will not take my baby's smile. I don't care who I have to knock down to make sure their heads are ALWAYS high!"