A girl’s first and most important beauty lessons are often passed down from her mom. Yep. It’s true. No matter what you may hear about the role of media, celebrities and friends in forming your daughter’s beliefs about her own beauty, mom, it often all starts with you.
“Moms are probably the most important influence on a daughter’s body image,” says Dr. Leslie Sim, clinical director of Mayo Clinic’s eating disorders program and child psychologist. “Even if a mom says to the daughter, ‘You look so beautiful, but I’m so fat,’ it can be detrimental.”
72% of daughters learn about beauty from their mothers. And contrary to the stereotype, girls prefer the support of parents, and especially mothers, over their friends.
So, moms, what you say to yourself, what you see in the mirror looking back at you, has a direct reflection on how your daughter perceives her own beauty. What this means is that if you can see and believe in your own beauty, then often your daughter(s) will too. But, if you struggle to see and believe in your own beauty, then often your daughter(s) will too.
“Every time we use the word ‘diet’ and say we don’t like ourselves because of our looks, remember that a young person is watching us,” counsels Siebel Newsom, Creator of Miss Representation. Yet, 97% of women “say 13 negative body thoughts to themselves daily like ‘I hate my stomach’ or ‘I’m ugly’” – Glamour Magazine, Daily Self-Talk Survey 2013
We have developed a journal for moms and daughters to “talk” about beauty. It is our hope to support moms, like you or ones you may know, who are playing a proactive, mindful and inspiring role in shaping how your daughter(s) defines beauty. It is also our hope that when a girl completes this journal with her mom she can truly see and believe in her own beauty, inside and out, and celebrate the beauty of her relationship with her mom. Please click the link to learn more about this resource. “The Beauty Of Girls And Their Moms” – An inspirational journal to discover and share what it means to be beautiful©.