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A couple months ago my 10 year old niece started saying that she hated school and didn’t want to go anymore. I was shocked because this kid has loved her classmates, her teachers and everything about school since the first day when she started Pre-K. I knew something was going on and I took some time to speak to her alone in her room. My niece is beautiful, inside and out. She is pretty enough to be a model but more importantly, her personality and her heart is even prettier. She is a sweetheart – always wanting to help someone, defending someone who is being bullied – she loves just about everyone she meets.
In her room that day, she told me that a boy in her class called her ugly and told her she was too skinny and looked like a skeleton. What she confided in me not only broke my heart, but it gave me flashbacks to when I was her age. You see, I was the fat kid back then. I was teased when I was her age and my reaction was the same as hers; I didn’t want to go to school anymore. A place I loved became a place I dreaded going to and it hurt me to even think that the same thing could be happening to my niece.
I knew I had to do something to help her so I shared my story with her. When I was done, she was so surprised that I had gone through the teasing and not wanting to go to school because of it also. We talked a lot that day about self esteem and self worth. We talked about being unique and how it makes you special, how being pretty is nice but being a kind person with a good heart is even better. I showed her videos from when she was younger that show her dancing and she couldn’t believe how far she has come in her ballet and hip hop dancing. I think she realized how all the different things about her – her talents, her heart, her love of learning, her loyalty, her sense of humor, her kindness – are the things that really matter and the things that truly make someone beautiful because the next morning she told me that she was ready to go to school.
This situation that happened with my niece is one of the reasons that I support the Dove Self Esteem Project. For more than 10 years Dove has been helping young people with self-esteem education. They have reached 17 million of them so far and I want that number to keep growing and growing. Dove knows that as a girl is growing up being anxious about her appearance can really keep her from reaching her full potential. This can affect a girl’s health, relationships and grades. We need to teach our girls to take a new look at themselves and other girls by setting a good example for them and also telling them how amazing they are. Our girls pick up so much from us and they will see that we face the same pressures about our looks and our weight from friends and family. We need to keep in mind that the way we handle those pressures will make a huge impact on them and their sense of self worth.
We have always loved Dove products because they are affordable and really amazing. Dove ‘Original Clean’ Advanced Care Deodorant keeps me fresh and dry. My skin is always soft from the Dove ‘Deep Moisture’ Body Wash and it smells so good. My husband loves the Dove ‘White’ Beauty Bar and refuses to use anything else. Dove also believes that no girl should be held back from reaching her full potential which we love and we are proud to support the Dove Self Esteem Project. When you buy the following Dove products at Shaws you can help support the Dove Self Esteem Project too.
– Dove ‘Deep Moisture’ Body Wash
– Dove ‘White’ Beauty Bar (2 pack)
– Dove ‘Original Clean’ Advanced Care Deodorant
– Dove ‘Daily Moisture’ Nutritive Solutions Shampoo (12 oz.)
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What do you do to help raise your daughter’s/sister’s/niece’s self esteem and teach them to take a new look? Have you had to deal with a situation like I had with my niece? I would love to hear from you!