Following on from this post about the campaign by Dove, #BeautyLegacy, I want to share the following thoughts:
To create good body images for my daughters, the way they think about themselves - I must set an example. Although I am quite comfortable in my own skin, I am forever in pursuit of losing a couple of kg's - I will need to consciously and actively ensure my daughters don't hear me complain about this! I want to send out a message of self-acceptance, not disappointment.
I created a #BeautyLegacy board on Pinterest where I can keep any specific positive thoughts, affirmations and inspiration to pass on to my two girls. I especially liked these two:
Some things I am going to do to ensure I leave a #BeautyLegacy that will build my daughters self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence:
- Tell them every day, that they are beautiful, just the way they are
- I will set an example to them, by looking after myself: treat my hair, my face, my body with nourishing treatments.
- Smile often, and tell them how wonderful it is to see smiling faces
- Compliment them often - on achievements, on ideas, on their choices.
- Tell them how magazines photoshop the models - they only appear perfect
- Celebrate being girls, by enjoying regular tea parties, doing our nails together, having candlelit bubble baths together.
- I want to show them how we look for the good and positive in all situations
- Do my best to ensure their happiness - but also teach them how to create their own happiness
My sunshine girls, Mia Mooi and Ella Bella, I am such a lucky mommy, to have you two in my life, what an honour and blessing. I am so proud of you, and I love you to the moon and back. I love everything about you, from the top of your head all the way down to your tippy toes. You girls are so, so wonderful. ♥