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As a teacher, I often struggle for the right words when overhearing the negative body statements my female students make beginning as early as elementary school. Girls not even ten years old think they’re overweight, not pretty enough. I catch mascara on their lashes, lipstick on their shy smiles. Some don’t eat their lunches, others make self-deprecating remarks poignant enough to haunt you for the rest of the day.

As the mother of now two girls, this reality hits me extra hard. I realize I can’t just passively allow my daughters to absorb the confusing messages in our world about beauty. Instead, I find myself reflective on the ideals I hope to model for all the girls in my life. I just hope my actions and words are loud enough to wash out the other noise.

Found on Pinterest here.