Raising girls isn’t easy. It’s a fine line you walk between being their friend and being their mom, making sure you are there for them when they need you but also laying down the law when necessary. Between hormones and mood swings, you can often go from being their best friend to their worst enemy in the same afternoon but even with all of it’s challenges, I think raising girls is one of the biggest honors a mother can have. I love knowing that I have the opportunity to help to raise the next generation of strong-minded, independent, fearless, confident and self-resistant women. The start of this comes from teaching your daughters to love themselves and their uniqueness, which is why I’m partnering with Dove Hair today, to help mothers encourage their daughters to have self-love through their #LoveYourHair campaign.
Growing up is hard, especially when young girls are surrounded by unnatural and very often unobtainable beauty standards. Being blasted with images of incredibly skinny women with perfect bodies, hair and makeup can make even the most confident women feel a little less so from time to time. Can you imagine how a young girl who is just growing into her body can feel?? In order to combat this, the best thing we can do as mothers is to set a good example for our daughters. Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother.
I know I have caught myself from time to time complaining about my hair, body or appearance, but as my girls have gotten older, I have tried to really be careful and watch what I say around them. Sure, I may be having a bad hair day, or be feeling bloated from time to time, but I have to remind myself that they are listening and as a mother, you can make a difference and help ensure she grows up feeling confident. This begins with positive thoughts, and messages about their appearance, intellect and unique abilities. One small way is to help celebrate the beauty of your daughter’s hair today–so she loves her hair tomorrow!
There is a narrow depiction of what “beautiful hair” is traditionally thought to look like and earlier this year, Dove Hair found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. For many, these pressures begin at an early age. Helping to teach your daughters to take care of their bodies and hair from the beginning is a great way for them to learn to love themselves and their unique hair-whether it’s straight, wavy, curly, textured or just plain crazy like my youngest’s is!
My hair is fairly flat and thin, and unfortunately my girls have recieved the same set of genes. Thanks to Dove’s great products, I can be sure that I am setting a good example for my girls on how to take care of your hair so you can love what hair you were born with. As my girls grow they are beginning to get more opinions and ideas about how to wear and style their hair, which is great! No matter what the style or length, I want to be sure they love their beautiful blond hair as much as I do.
As a mama to daughters, I am on a mission, just like Dove is, to help my daughters learn to broaden the definition of beautiful hair, because all hair types are beautiful. Hair should be a source of confidence, not anxiety for both women and girls. Dove is seeking to empower mothers to be leaders for their daughters’ hair confidence by teaching them how to love their hair, no matter how it looks! As mothers of beautiful little girls with so many hair textures, colors and lengths, we can all help to make a difference for their generation by helping ensure our daughters grow up feeling confident in themselves. If we learn to teach them to celebrate the beauty of their hair today–they will love their hair tomorrow.
Share with your little girl why you love her hair and share it often. Inspire her to do the same by creating and sharing a custom #LoveYourHair animated message with @Dove HERE.
How are you helping to raise the next generation of confident girls?
Thank you to Unilever for sponsoring today’s discussion! All opinions are 100% my own.