One of the things that is most terrifying to me about raising a daughter is thinking about all the bombardment of unrealistic beauty images and ideals that she is going to receive throughout the years. As a woman, I have experienced this bombardment firsthand and while I know I can’t protect her from the media, I can do my best to instill a healthy sense of what beauty is in order to combat the stereotypes she will likely be overwhelmed with. I want her to know that it’s OK to care about her self-image and to take pride in her appearance, but I also want her to know that it’s not the end-all, be-all of her existence. We don’t exist merely to be pretty faces.
Here are a few thoughts I would like to share with my daughter about beauty as she grows up…some are deeper than others, but all worthwhile I think.
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