Monthly archives: July 2015

75% of teen girls with low self-esteem reported …

Posted on General, Parenting, Self-Esteem July 15, 2015 by Mary George

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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#WeBelieve

Posted on Affirmation, General, Self-Esteem July 6, 2015 by Mary George

How fantastic was the US Women’s World Cup final yesterday!? The women on the team played with strength and sheer determination and were incredibly graceful in winning. It was also wonderful to see the enthusiasm and support from the US fans at the stadium and all over the world.

What also struck me in this game and the previous US games, was the hashtag that I kept seeing #WeBelieve. You can look at this from so many angles – as a fan #WeBelieve(d) in the team, as a nation #WeBelieve(d) in the coming together as one to cheer our Women on. Watching them as a team, I imagine that when our players looked at #WeBelieve, the reminder of the hours of work that they put in individually and as a team to be there pushed them forward. How inspiring it must have been for the players to see how many truly believed in them and were behind them as the red, white and blue permeated the stands – #WeBelieve. But it was truly wonderful to show my daughter what our Women’s team accomplished through their hard work and belief in themselves. It is not often enough that I can show her a Women’s team on a grand scale. It opened up a conversation about confidence, hard work and passion for what you want to do whether it is becoming a doctor, an artist, athlete or using your unique talents to do what you want to do. Put forth your best and believe.

Maybe we should all start using #WeBelieve to remind ourselves of what we can achieve if we believe in ourselves.

#WeBelieve, #WomensWorldCup, #NoMaybes

—Mary & Claire

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