This has been all over the internet today- I’m sure everyone has seen it already but I just had to share, I love it so.
One of my greatest hopes in having a little girl is that I can raise her knowing how much more beauty is than what we women tell ourselves. That I can be careful to tell her about herself in ways that aren’t just about being cute/pretty (but isn’t that so hard with little girls?! they’re always so adorable and just begging to be told!). That I can talk to her about the things that make her beautiful as a whole- about her mind and her heart and just a tiny bit about how cute she is in that outfit.
We were talking the other night about the things we give kids compliments on and how that effects them. My parents did a really brilliant job, I think. I feel like I grew up with a strong sense of self and a healthy self esteem- they praised my accomplishments and attempts, allowed me to feel failure when I didn’t succeed and made sure to also speak to me about who I was at my core in the ways that can’t be changed. I love them for that. I hope I can do the same!
I love Dove for doing these campaigns. I’m always struck by how little we think of ourselves, especially when each person is beautiful in our own right. And especially as people who are created in the image of a God who is much bigger than us. Beauty is diverse and natural and so much more than a chin or nose.