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My sister and I were both pregnant with our first children at the same time. Our due dates were just days apart. She ended up having a baby girl, and I had a baby boy. My niece and my son are nearly the exact same age. Over the past thirteen years, my niece has become the closest thing to a daughter I will ever have. I love her so much, and am so proud of the beautiful young woman she is becoming.
The teen years have arrived for my niece. This is a crucial time in girls’ lives. Their relationships with close family members and friends can definitely have a big impact on their sense of self worth. I want to do everything I can to help my niece build her self esteem and self confidence.
I can have a positive influence on my niece by taking a genuine interest in her. One way I do that is by simply talking to her about the things she likes to do. I always have lots of questions because I only have boys at home and like to stay in the loop with what’s going on in the teen girl world through her.
I encourage my niece to follow her interests in activities like volleyball and photography. She made the volleyball team at school this year. I grew up playing sports and think sports are a great way for girls to build self esteem, get active and keep their bodies’ healthy. I believe that when you are physically healthy, you feel better about yourself emotionally.
I want my niece to know it’s important for her to take care of herself inside and out. Developing good habits like exercise, eating right and personal hygiene lead to strong body confidence and positive health behaviors. Her mom makes sure that the bathroom is stocked with personal items teen girls need to take care of themselves, including body wash, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner.
Teenagers sometimes need gentle reminders to bathe regularly and use deodorant. I try to find a way to give everyday compliments like “Your hair looks nice the way you brushed it today,” or “Something smells good, is that your body wash?” I want my niece to know that when she takes care of herself, it shows and other people do notice.
Like most teen girls, my niece uses social media to interact with her friends and family. Anytime she’s on social media, she can’t help but see photos, comments, snaps and posts. Whether she realizes it or not, social media has an effect on her. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is not. I wish I could put her in a virtual bubble to shield her from all the negativity she sees online. But, I know that is simply impossible. A better solution is to help turn the internet into a positive place by sharing inspirational messages to girls and women.
Dove is spreading positive messages with the #SpeakBeautiful program. The #SpeakBeautiful program shares advice on how to build self esteem and self confidence in our daughters. We can show our support by purchasing Dove products at Sam’s Club.
I like to buy the 3-packs of Dove Body Wash at Sam’s Club. I recently got the New Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Sweet Cream and Peony scent. It’s got a soft floral scent that girls and women will love. Plus, it makes your skin feel softer and smoother the very first time you use it.
Printable BeYouTiful Wall Art
One of my favorite positive messages is Be-You-Tiful. It’s a play on the word Beautiful. Have you seen it? I turned it into a 5×7 printable you can download, print and frame for yourself or for your teen daughter’s room. Click on the image below to save it to your computer, or click BeYouTiful PDF to download it in printable PDF form.