Preteens learning from Dove's self-esteem workshops

Filed under: Teens, Development/Milestones: Babies

Parents of preteen girls from across Canada are having the chance to work on their daughter's self-esteem in a series of workshops sponsored by Dove.

Aimed at girls from ages 8 to 12, the workshop finds out what influences the girls' ideas of beauty (TV, models, magazines) and shows them how, through the power of editing, a normal woman can look flawless in a magazine.

Many of the women in the article mentioned how they weren't worried about appearances when they were preteens. Perhaps it is because I am younger (I am in my twenties) but I remember being worried about weight and appearance in fourth, fifth and sixth grade.

In fact, I remember reading a "healthy lifestyle" book when I was in fourth grade that told me I was overweight if I couldn't touch my fingers when I put my hands around my waist.

As parents, I feel it is our job to try and do what we can to give our young daughters high self-esteem. Little girls don't realize that looking like a Victoria's Secret model is almost impossible, nor do they realize just how much editing and primping it takes for a girl to make the cover of Cosmo magazine.

How many Barbies do they have that are tall, thin with long flowing (and, most likely, blonde) hair? Are they more likely to want to be Nancy Pelosi or Naomi Campbell? Margaret Thatcher or Giselle Bundchen?

What can we do, as parents of young girls, to make sure that they have good self-esteem? What do you wish your parents would have told you? Is there anything you'd do different with your own kids?




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