Girls Unstoppable: Have a Positive Impact on the Self-Esteem of a Girl in Your Life + Giveaway

By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
October 30, 2013

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Growing up, I was the oldest of 4 girls in our house.  How ironic was it that I became a mother to 3 boys (no girls in the mix)?  It wasn’t until I met Frank that I became a stepmom (for all intents and purposes) to his 2 girls and 1 son.  As a young girl at one point in my life, I understand the emotions and the self-esteem issues that may be present.  I also know how I can have a positive impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence.

When I was a young girl, I suffered from low self-esteem.  I had fair skin, freckles, red hair and crooked teeth.  I was a prime candidate for teasing.  I walked with my head somewhat low and was fairly shy for a long time because of it.  My parents put me in classes at a local modeling school that would help with my self-esteem.  In the classes, they taught us how to walk (shoulders back and chin up), how to do our hair, how to do mani/pedis on ourselves and more.  It was a fun class and I definitely feel like I left with more self-esteem. I also asked my parents to consult with a general dentistry specialist on how to improve my smile.

While the class taught me different things revolving around beauty, it also taught me how to discover the true of myself – Shannon Gosney.  It taught me that others will think of me the way I think of myself.  It was a long process to get to the point I am at today, but I am glad that I can be a positive impact on our girls at this point in their life.

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One way in particular I’ve found the opportunity to bond with our girls (and boys) is by having personal experiences with them.  Most recently, I took the girls out for a pampering treatment at my friends’ house and then dinner at Olive Garden.  It was a Girls’ Day Out and we had so much fun!

I just recently learned that six in 10 girls stop doing what they love because of anxiety about their looks.  Wow!  That’s why Kroger has teamed up with Dove® Self-Esteem Project to help reach more than 15 million girls with self-esteem building programs by 2015.  Proceeds from every purchase of Dove® products goes to helping girls across the country reach their full potential.

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It doesn’t take long to make an impact on a girl‘s self-esteem.  You can find simple, handpicked activity suggestions that are perfectly matched to you and the girl (or girls) in your life by downloading the Dove Self-Esteem Toolkit.  Once you’ve done that, simply spread the word by joining the #GirlsUnstoppable conversation online.  Every person out there has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl‘s self-esteem, and together we can create a generation of girls who look in the mirror and love what they see.

Dove® has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Scouts and Girls Inc. in its mission to help girls reach their full potential. Each time you buy Dove® at Kroger, your purchase helps provide self-esteem programs for girls across the country. Dove® has reached more than 11 million girls so far, and with your help, they can reach their target of 15 million by 2015. Together, with your contribution, we can make all girls unstoppable.

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As moms or stepmoms, we can play a positive role in helping our daughters realize their full “unstoppability.”  You can make an impact in your daughter’s life by hosting a “Just Us Girls” night (or day).  This will be a regular time together that is devoted totally to female bonding, beauty and confidence.  Find something you both enjoy – whether it’s cooking or baking together, taking a yoga class or hosting a beauty night – and use this time to have an uplifting talk about self-esteem.  Just an hour of your time can make a huge difference!


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

26 Responses to “Girls Unstoppable: Have a Positive Impact on the Self-Esteem of a Girl in Your Life + Giveaway”

  1. Helen says:

    I really loved this article, it was so beautiful!! I think all of us women who have girls in our lives should be good role models. My granddaughters know they can always come to me, that I’m always there for them. I’ve always told them, I may not have a lot of money, but I have one thing in abundance, and that’s time.

  2. Ashley Sears says:

    Shannon, I think you are right on the money. When we talk to our kids about loving themselves and to not worry about what other people think we can all walk with our head held high because we don’t need the justification from others. My girls have rocking self esteem because we have spent lots of time together talking about what makes them awesome, and that no one can take that away from them.

  3. Claire says:

    that they can do anything.

  4. Debbie Jackson says:

    I would impact it by giving them a day of pampering and fun at the mall

  5. steve weber says:

    make sure you give them daily compliments.

  6. Jennifer says:

    It was really tough on me as a girl growing up and I know everything happens earlier now, so I can’t imagine the strain of being a girl with self esteem issues so young! I constantly remind myself that it is my job as a parent to instill and build up my daughter’s self esteem!

  7. Cynthia R says:

    i say nice things about what they did good, how smart they are, how well they dance, speack, read, sing, etc, its important to say different things, not just you look pretty today.

  8. Michele P says:

    my daughter and I have days where we read, discuss things that are going on in her life and those of her friends, talk about issues she has as a growing almost 12 yr old in jr high, and where I tell her that she can truly be anyone and anything that she wants to be, we discuss choices, both positive and negative ones, and how pretty she is growing up to be a young lady etc… positive reinforcement, fun and good communication is a must.

  9. Angela says:

    I would tell her stories about when I was younger.

  10. Von says:

    We talk about her dreams and what she does in school.

  11. Carol Yemola says:

    I will teach my granddaughters how to sew!

  12. Marcy Able says:

    I will go without makeup too, to show my daughter that i don’t need it to make me beautiful!

  13. mrsshukra says:

    I let her follow her passion!

  14. Nannypanpan says:

    I tell my niece how beautiful she is

  15. Ann B. says:

    I always taught my daughters to be truthful to me even if I wasn’t going to like it, because then we could handle it together what ever it was. I think it’s made a difference in their lives …just recently one of my daughters friends came to me when she thought she was pregnant. I told her she must tell her mom, no matter how hard it will be or how she reacts.

  16. heather says:

    I would tell her that ALL of these ads we see are ALL airbrushed and photo shopped and no one really looks like that.

  17. Amanda Hoffman says:

    always told them to do whats right and do their best

  18. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I encourage my daughter to try new things and praise her for her efforts

  19. Let them be their best.

  20. kelly mcgrew says:

    let them be themselves.

  21. Marci says:

    We let our daughters know that they mean the world to us. We also talk about how people may feel in certain situations and how to deal with it.

  22. Terra Heck says:

    I let my daughters and nieces know they are special in their own way. God don’t make junk. There’s a talent or a skill hidden within each girl and they need to have the confidence to be proud of their talents and skills. Thanks.

  23. laurie says:

    I always tell her it more important that whet she thinks of herself that want others think of her

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