Girls Unstoppable: Have a Positive Impact on the Self-Esteem of a Girl in Your Life + Giveaway
Growing up, I was the oldest of 4 girls in our house. How ironic was it that I became a mother to 3 boys (no girls in the mix)? It wasn’t until I met Frank that I became a stepmom (for all intents and purposes) to his 2 girls and 1 son. As a young girl at one point in my life, I understand the emotions and the self-esteem issues that may be present. I also know how I can have a positive impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence.
When I was a young girl, I suffered from low self-esteem. I had fair skin, freckles, red hair and crooked teeth. I was a prime candidate for teasing. I walked with my head somewhat low and was fairly shy for a long time because of it. My parents put me in classes at a local modeling school that would help with my self-esteem. In the classes, they taught us how to walk (shoulders back and chin up), how to do our hair, how to do mani/pedis on ourselves and more. It was a fun class and I definitely feel like I left with more self-esteem.
While the class taught me different things revolving around beauty, it also taught me how to discover the true of myself – Shannon Gosney. It taught me that others will think of me the way I think of myself. It was a long process to get to the point I am at today, but I am glad that I can be a positive impact on our girls at this point in their life.
One way in particular I’ve found the opportunity to bond with our girls (and boys) is by having personal experiences with them. Most recently, I took the girls out for a pampering treatment at my friends’ house and then dinner at Olive Garden. It was a Girls’ Day Out and we had so much fun!
I just recently learned that six in 10 girls stop doing what they love because of anxiety about their looks. Wow! That’s why Kroger has teamed up with Dove® Self-Esteem Project to help reach more than 15 million girls with self-esteem building programs by 2015. Proceeds from every purchase of Dove® products goes to helping girls across the country reach their full potential.
It doesn’t take long to make an impact on a girl’s self-esteem. You can find simple, handpicked activity suggestions that are perfectly matched to you and the girl (or girls) in your life by downloading the Dove Self-Esteem Toolkit. Once you’ve done that, simply spread the word by joining the #GirlsUnstoppable conversation online. Every person out there has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem, and together we can create a generation of girls who look in the mirror and love what they see.
Dove® has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Scouts and Girls Inc. in its mission to help girls reach their full potential. Each time you buy Dove® at Kroger, your purchase helps provide self-esteem programs for girls across the country. Dove® has reached more than 11 million girls so far, and with your help, they can reach their target of 15 million by 2015. Together, with your contribution, we can make all girls unstoppable.
As moms or stepmoms, we can play a positive role in helping our daughters realize their full “unstoppability.” You can make an impact in your daughter’s life by hosting a “Just Us Girls” night (or day). This will be a regular time together that is devoted totally to female bonding, beauty and confidence. Find something you both enjoy – whether it’s cooking or baking together, taking a yoga class or hosting a beauty night – and use this time to have an uplifting talk about self-esteem. Just an hour of your time can make a huge difference!
1 lucky winner on The Mommy-File will win a prize pack that includes $15 in Dove products!!!