As the mother of an impressionable little girl (who had a birthday this week and somehow managed to turn seven when I blinked), I do my best to watch what I do and say around her. I don’t make negative comments about my weight, my body, or dieting. I make sure to tell her she is smart, as often as I tell her she is pretty. I want her to be confident about every aspect of herself, but at the same time, if she isn’t good at something, I don’t lie to her and tell her she is. I want her to be realistic about herself, but also have no limits to her dreams. She may not be an artist, but I don’t want that to stop her from taking classes and improving. She may not be great at all sports, but I want her to go out and try because she may end up loving the game.
Society plays a big part in this. Used to, all I would see was shirts with princesses and glitter. Now, I love that I can find her shirts with dinosaurs, astronauts, and anything else she could want. Her and I went shopping last weekend for new spring clothes for her and I was so excited with the t-shirts Osh Kosh carried. There weren’t any princesses, glitter, and rainbows, but great sayings and pictures to motivate girls.
I want my daughter to be the best person possible and know that her only limits are those imposed by herself and society. If I don’t start teaching her that when she’s little, it’ll never catch on.
Disclosure: Osh Kosh provided me with a gift card to buy whatever I wanted for the kids. This post is all me though, simply because I was impressed with their t-shirts for girls.