Building My Girls Self-Esteem #INSPIRECONFIDENCE

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Self-esteem. It’s something I have struggled with since I was a little girl. It’s also something as a mom, I have tried to make sure my kids have about themselves, but it’s been a struggle with my girls. After the girl’s girls’ issues in school with some girls bullying them, and having to take them out of school their self-esteem took a big hit. Huge hit.

It’s something I have not and will not give up helping them build. I have three girls now, so it’s something I am passionate about. I still struggle with my self-esteem, and although I’ve gotten much better over the years, it’s still a struggle. Self-esteem is a beautiful thing, and every girl should have it.

This brings us to Dove.

Dove and the Self-Esteem Project:

The Dove Self-Esteem program has had more than ten years of positive influence on young girls and their moms. Over ten years ago Dove began a mission to help young girls improve their self-esteem, and today Dove has reached 2 million girls in Canada with its message, and we are here to join this movement and keep it going to reach millions of more girls.

This year they are championing the incredible impact DSEP has had on Canadian girls’ self-esteem over the past ten years with their workshops, activities, and events.

Our Journey:

 

Every day for two weeks, I helped them both write something to celebrate herself. We put them in their binders so during school hours they’d see it, and after school hours going over work they’d be able to see it as a reminder too.

My girls and I are brand new to the Dove Self-Esteem Project. We were excited to experience this project because self-esteem is critical, and ours needed work.

For two weeks, my daughters, Kyla and Ava celebrated themselves with the help of Dove. While this whole experience was eye opening for me as a mother, and it helped me learn that if I love myself, and embrace all there is about me — this will help my girls. I also learned, my girls only needed a little push, and they began to celebrate themselves like I had never seen before.

The past two weeks I watched as my daughters struggled to find their true selves. Struggled to break away from each other, and the past, where bad experiences and nasty other kids made their lives difficult and made them feel inferior. I watched as they blossomed together, and separately. Last week I watched as Kyla walked up to a group of girls her age at the park, she said hi and blossomed some new friendships. Something she has never done or been able to do.

Kyla, generally shy and a bit timid became this ray of sunshine, who not only wanted more than anything to be liked by everyone she ever came in contact with but I think more than anything wanted to be loved by herself. She opened up, became a girl I always knew she was. She smiles more; she shines when she talks about things she loves and most of all, she is loving who she is and what she looks like and is celebrating that in her own way. She loves being in photos now and taking videos to send to her cousins.

 

Kyla found her own way and continues to daily. She still often finds herself hating herself in photos, or talking about what the girls at her old school used to say to her, but for the most part, Kyla has overcome all her obstacles and found her way to discovering who she really is. She doesn’t need anyone else’s approval or praise, she is amazing, and she is embracing it.

Ava, who has always been more of a follower being only ten months younger than Kyla needed to find her own sunshine and her own way. She needed to distance herself from her sister to discover who she was as a person. She is funny, smart and loves to talk about things she knows others enjoy.  But what about Ava? She was lost, and we had to find her. She had to find her and, find her she did.

Ava is still struggling a little bit. She knows who she is and what she loves, but she is still working on the search for her way out of her sister’s shadow. She likes to follow behind Kyla, and do things Kyla likes or wants but sometimes forgets Ava is important too, and what Ava wants is important.

Ava has been spending more time on herself. Drawing and creating things she likes for herself. She was always told that she is nothing compared to Kyla who was always seen as the bossier, more confident one. That isn’t who Ava is. When she isn’t around her sister, she lights up a room. She needed to be able to find the way to light up a room even if her sister was in it. This is something Ava is still struggling with, and working on every day. She is more confident in herself and has been really showing everyone that she is her person, and we love seeing this change in Ava. She has been focusing on creating fashion designs as she wants to be a fashion designer.  She glows when she brings me each design she draws.

We have been using these daily confidence reminders have been helping with the girls continued paths to finding their true selves. We use these notes every day to remind them both to stay confident.

60% of girls worldwide feel their body confidence is holding them back. Ten years ago, Dove began a mission to do something about it.  You can help #InspireConfidence in young girls by downloading the resources available at selfesteem.dove.ca.

Available at Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws, Zehrs, Fortinos and Atlantic Superstore or for convenient pick up here.

 

Disclosure: This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and the Dove 10 Years of Beauty #InspireConfidence sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

28 Comments

  • Reply robin rue May 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I have always been a fan of Dove products and I love how they are always trying to help younger girls be more confident. I wish I had been more confident when I was a kid.

  • Reply Kristina Paché Ferency May 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I love Dove products and this is so great to empower your girls to be amazing women like yourself! So amazing how a company like Dove cares.

  • Reply Jane Davidson May 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Aw you are such a good mama! This is SO important to do at that age. I remember being so uncomfortable in my own skin. Dove is so awesome.

  • Reply karen May 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I really admire Dove for their commitment to raising our self-confidence levels. They especially do that for girls, but as a reminder to everyone in general. And those daily confidence boosters are genius and easy to do and a wonderful reflective piece to end a day.

  • Reply OvenStruck May 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful family you have. I love how hard you work to make sure your girls know who they are. That is so important!

  • Reply Marcie in Mommyland May 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I have been so impressed with the PR around Dove products. Their ads on TV always resonate with me and I think about it whenever I’m shopping for soap. I usually end up with Dove because it feels like the care about women.

  • Reply Vera May 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    This is so sweet. Your girls are adorable. I will definitely have to do this with my daughter.

  • Reply daniella May 18, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Hating yourself in photos I think is just a part of life. Sometimes you hate the way you look and then others it is okay.. I wish I could get rid of all judgements and in time I can.

  • Reply Amanda Love May 18, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Dove has been a staple at home. It does its job and it’s gentle on the skin especially for the kids. I think it’s awesome that they’re encouraging women to empower each other or their daughters. We need strong young girls especially these days.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. May 18, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Dove has been on this project for the longest time and I think it’s amazing what they’re doing. Empowering women especially the young girls is really important. I think it’s nice that you and your girls are a part of this.

  • Reply jessi May 18, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Your girl is beautiful! It is so important as mothers of girls to really help build their self esteem. I feel like it starts with us as well. I realized I can’t be negative about myself, or my daughter, who is 4 now, will emulate my behavior!

  • Reply reesa May 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

    It is crazy how young our little girls struggle with lack of self esteem! I have a 6 year old and see it first hand. Everyday is work to ensure she feels amazing!

  • Reply Lily@militaryfamof8 May 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I am always a fan of dove products! Her soap are so soft in the skin.

  • Reply Melissa May 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

    This project is so important. I have a daughter and I love it when she is adventurous and strong. I am going to look into this and get involved with lifting up my daughter even more.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls May 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    This is such a fabulous project. I’m so impressed with how Dove continues to deliver on their message to inspire and empower girls.

  • Reply Blythe Alpern May 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I wish they would have had a project like this when I was a kid. It’s so easy to fall prey to low self-confidence growing up, but feeling empowered from an early age can really help in the long run.

  • Reply Dwan - Travel Blogger May 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I love this exercise. It is so important to practice positive self talk and having stickers in their binders is great throughout the day.

  • Reply Brittany May 18, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Wow this is amazing. It’s so important, especially for little girls. think about the world we would live in if all the women around us was completely walking in confidence.

  • Reply Roxanne May 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I love all the work Dove puts into teaching young girls to love themselves! I am always moved by how they promote diversity and acceptance. Great post!

  • Reply Tereza May 19, 2017 at 7:35 am

    What a little princess you have! This is such a lovely project – really like what Dove are doing, it’s ever so important for brands to connect with people on this kind of level x

  • Reply Amanda Dorich May 19, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I have two little girls and worry all the time they will grow up to be strong, confident girls. I love what you are doing with your girls to build their self esteem!

  • Reply Jalisa Harris May 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Dove always does such a great job to enhance a womans and girls beauty. Your daughter is beautiful

  • Reply Rachel May 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I love Dove and I love that they are building the confidence of girls! The world makes it so hard for girls, especially with body image.

  • Reply claire May 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Dove self-esteem project looks so fun and interesting! Definitely a great way for kids to learn!

  • Reply Heather May 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    This is so important for young girls especially! It is something I am trying to learn to help my oldest with. I love that Dove has made such an amazing statement about self-esteem!

  • Reply Keren Charles May 20, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    This is so sweet, but really needed in today’s society. It looks like your girls really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Melissa @ Think About Such Things May 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I love what Dove is doing to help women and girls learn what it really means to be confident and beautiful.

  • Reply katriza May 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    This is really awesome and I believe this is so important! Keep it up mama! You’re doing a great job!

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