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As moms there is so much pressure to raise our children right. We want to protect them but also teach them but also teach them about life and pass on important lessons that we’ve learned along the way. These tips, cautionary tales, and general advice help give them an edge up on entering the world and making their way in it.
Growing up as an only child and in a military home, my parents were my people. Sure there were friends and family, but new friends were made every few years and family was thousands of miles away. The important lessons on day to day life and things like finances and beauty were things I learned at home.
Not surprisingly, my mom took on the role as beauty advisor. She was successful, confident, and in the know about all things beauty. I sat down and picked her brain about how she taught me about body positivity and inner beauty, the lessons she learned from her own mom about this, and hints on how to take this knowledge and pass it onto the girls. Here’s our Q&A on How to Help Girls Find Their Inner Beauty.
Q1. How did you instill body positivity in me growing up?
A1. My nursing career bled over into this one. But your body and its functions is nothing to be ashamed of. Knowledge of this instills confidence and positivity. Going through puberty is a tough experience for everyone. Helping the girls navigate that new stage is so important. (Kelly’s note: Brady is starting to experience some of the pains of puberty already like body odor. It’s hard to get a child so young to start making proactive moves that will eventually effect their self-esteem if not addressed. Each morning she applies Dove Advanced Care Original Clean Deodorant to keep her smelling fresh and clean.)
Q2. How did you inspire me to reach my personal well-being goals?
A2. I’ve always told you that you could do anything you set your mind to.
Q3. How did you help me find my inner beauty?
A3. I helped you find your inner beauty by stressing that true beauty comes from within. The person you are is not based on the color of your hair but on the type of person you are. Your dad and I complimented you and built you up (not overly so) to show that we saw your true beauty even during the times you didn’t.
Q4. What’s the most important piece of advice you have of me while instilling these values in my daughters?
A4. Your daughters are their own people. Allow them to be themselves and the freedom to express themselves as they see fit. If they want to dye their hair red like you did, then let them but make sure they take care of their hair too or they’ll regret it longer after the color has faded. Even now, they don’t need kid products just use a gentle shampoo like Dove Nutritive Solutions to keep things clean without burning their eyes.
Q5. How have these values changed over time when you were growing up?
A5. When I was growing up, we were not encouraged to express ourselves. Your grandparents didn’t allow me to express myself through different hair colors, makeup, or clothing. Since true beauty comes from within, I didn’t want to limit your beauty from just being inner and encouraged you to have the opportunity to bring it outside too.
Q6. What is some beauty advice that your mom gave you?
A6. Granny was a big believer in keeping your skin clean and moisturizing. She raised me using the Dove White Beauty Bar which helped with my sensitive skin and has moisturizing cream built right in.
In 20 years, how would you answer the questions above about How to Help Girls Find Their Inner Beauty? I hope my girls are continually encouraged to be their beautiful selves no matter what anyone says.
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