Citing an ABC news report , nearly half of all three- to six-year-old girls worry about being fat ! this got my full attention. Fatale, author of, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World presents statistics about extremely early use of makeup, dieting and eating disorders on the rise and girls’ self esteem tanking. I learned that I perpetuate a behavior that is likely very negative.
Yes, I too, habitually notice the stylish outfits, beautiful shoes and all sorts of hair decorations, coordinated, matching sisters, and little girls dancing about like fairies. They are adorable so I compliment them affectionately about how amazing they ‘look.’ I just hadn’t considered the full affect of my words.
The next time I saw my nephews’ daughters, I held my tongue about how they looked. I found myself at a major loss for words that really surprised me. I noticed and now I KNOW better. I plan to remain aware and develop new comments and inquiries when talking to girls. I don’t want to minimize their dreams or tarnish their opportunities now that I can DO better.