My lovely teenage girls
When I read about another young life in turmoil – or even tragically ended – because of low self-esteem or distorted body image, I want to weep. My heart breaks for the teenagers out there who sit alone in their room, scrolling through malicious and dangerous websites and online forums that spew forth destructive words and images which somehow seep into innocent minds, convincing our young that they are fat, ugly, disgusting, unpopular, useless…
I don’t know why such vile and damaging websites aren’t immediately closed down – I really don’t understand the rights and views of ‘internet giants’ who allow them to remain in service. But what I do know is, that each child affected by these sites or by real-life bullying, probably has a parent, guardian or friend who cares about them and loves them. That’s us! So it’s important we talk to our children and explain that these websites are wrong, shouldn’t be viewed and can twist the truth. We need to keep our kids grounded and teach them to have compassion and kindness for everybody they meet throughout life regardless of their faith, colour, gender, beliefs and looks. We need to teach our kids that we are all different and that differences should be celebrated – not ridiculed.
This blog is all about inspiring wellbeing through looking after ourselves and feeling good and positive. Yes, we know that there’s a link between looks and self-esteem, but to me, this doesn’t mean only being happy with ourselves if we look like we’ve stepped off the cover of Grazia, it means making the most of what Mother Nature has bestowed upon us and loving and accepting ourselves for what we are. And I think we could do a lot worse than explain to our tweens/teenage daughters, nieces or friends that the key to inner confidence is loving ourselves – wobbly thighs, big nose and all!
If you’d like to give the teen girl in your life a head start with grooming and skincare confidence, I’d highly recommend 100 Ways For Every Girl to Look & Feel Fantastic (£9.99, Walker Books).
Written in a lovely, friendly tone by beauty journalist and author, Alice Hart-Davis and her teenage daughter, Beth, there are lots of clever beauty, style and wellbeing tips and secrets designed to give your teen a beauty boost.
Let’s tell our teenagers – girls and boys – that they’re beautiful every day.