Do you remember what you were like at 13? I was a chunky, braces~wearing, nerd who spent most of my time holed up in a corner with a book. I was socially awkward and did my best to avoid people. Why? Because I lacked self~confidence. Looking back, I was just like every other 13~year~old girl ~ average weight, average height and incredibly unsure of myself. Now I look at my girls who are 13, 14 and 16 and I see beautiful, self~assured young ladies who can do anything.
I’ve often said that my daughters are self~confident to a fault. My youngest, who was late for class, once told her teacher “I’ve arrived, you can start now.” Yeah, really. Even when they’re unsure of themselves, they square their shoulders, lift their heads up high and look the world straight in the eye. I’m not really sure where they got that confidence but I’m pretty proud of them. But I know not all girls have that sense of self worth ~ so many girls believe they’re worthless or that they’re not as capable as others around them. I know what that feeling can do to a young girl and to a young woman…
That’s why I’m proud to join the Dove Movement for Self~Esteem and their campaign to help build positive self~esteem in girls and young women. By increasing their sense of self~worth, Dove hopes to encourage young ladies to reach their full potential. You can join the movement to by clicking here and leaving a few words of encouragement for a 13~year~old girl.
I remembered what I was like at that age and I wish someone had said the following to me: “You are beautiful and you are loved. Whether you know it or not, someone is thinking about you and how much you mean to them.”