Right now it is apparent that there is a huge push to help our girls gain great confidence and self esteem. We see it through the abundance of ads and slogans everyday – #LikeAGirl, Nike’s American Woman, Dove’s campaign for Real Beauty, Under Armour’s I WILL WHAT I WANT featuring Misty Copeland, Lindsay Vonn, Kelley O’Hara, Gisele Bundchen and others. The list goes on and on. Clearly there is a need but why? Because it’s important!! We can all laugh and say, “Wow, the world is so different today! My daughters are growing up so fast and differently than me.” Yes, to all. Our girls are up against so much that we did not have to deal with or if we did, it’s amplified for them today. Check out these recent statistics:
• 75 % of teen girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting bullying, smoking, drinking or disordered eating. This compares to 25% of girls with high self-esteem.
• About 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood.
• Teen girls that have a negative view of themselves are 4 times more likely to take part in activities with boys that they have ended up regretting later.
So, how can we REALLY help them outside of just showing them? By teaching them important life skills and giving them the correct tools to navigate their world. Such as helping them to recognize and appreciate their own unique talents thus developing confidence. This confidence then allows them to feel comfortable taking on new challenges and making positive decisions for their future. We can teach them to understand their feelings and recognize others’ feelings as well as to communicate effectively, both of which will allow them to have meaningful relationships in their lives. This is not only showing them but this is teaching them.
These life skills are so incredibly important and the world is finally starting to wake up and see what our girls are capable of if we give them the right tools. #IAMICANIWILL
—Mary & Claire
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