A couple of months ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Gigi from Kludgy Mom, wrote a post – When did you stop thinking you were beautiful? about a video by Dove. Gigi shares about her daughter and how she hopes she never stops thinking she is beautiful.
I love that children LOVE having their photo taken or being on video. So sweet and innocent and how we all should be. As a mom of 3 girls, I completely agree with Gigi that I pray my girls NEVER stop knowing they are beautiful.
This video got me wondering. Do you think our children learn to avoid the camera because they see their mother’s do that? Are we teaching our children to not accept their beauty and embrace their awesomeness when we throw our hands in our face when someone brings out a camera? Are you quick to disregard the photos taken of you saying “I look fat” or “That is a terrible photo of me”? Think about what you say about your own appearance, especially when your children and girls are around. Is that the internal monologue you want to teach your daughter?
No matter who you are, there is something about your appearance you may not enjoy. Personally, I don’t like my profile and I used to avoid it being photographed at all costs. However, I have stopped that and embraced it. I would never want to hear one of my girls criticizing how they look…ever. And that starts with me. My children will never hear me criticizing my appearance and it isn’t because I think I’m a stunning super model because I have insecurities like everyone else. Instead, I’m keeping those negative thoughts to myself. I know I never once heard my mother criticizing her appearance and I thank her for that. Thanks Mom!
I challenge you to take a photo of yourself or be in a photo and do not criticize the way you look in the image. Will you take on my challenge?
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*This post is not sponsored by Dove.