I think it's fair to say that we all want our children to grow up knowing how beautiful and unique they are made. I feel that having our children know and feel this, starts with us as their mom's, aunts and grandmas. Let me start it this way, when someone says to you, "You are so beautiful." or "You are so pretty.", think about how you respond. Do you reply with, "Ya right!" or "I think you mean someone else, because I'm not pretty." or do you look over your shoulder thinking it's someone else they are talking too?
Think about your dear daughter for a moment. If you heard someone say to her, "You are so beautiful!" and your daughter responds with "Ya right, I'm not beautiful!", wouldn't that break your heart? It starts young having them feel that they are each made so beautifully. Once your children reach the teenage and early adolescent years, life can be hard enough. We want our children to see and know how beautiful they are and have confidence in themselves. Beauty is individual, we need to celebrate what we have been given and be thankful and love ourselves for who we are, flaws and all.
I struggle with people who think that makeup is all about being vain. Sure, to some it may be. But what I believe is this...do we all want to look and be the best versions of ourselves? Do we want to settle for less? Why is it bad if someone puts on some makeup and makes themselves feel and look a certain way that they love. It is not for us to judge what makes one person happy. Why not celebrate and be happy with what in our heart makes us smile.
Let's start taking note of ourselves when someone gives us a compliment. Own it, feel it, and appreciate it. Love yourself for who God made you to be. You are unique, you are beautiful, and you are treasured. If someone tells you how pretty or beautiful you look, try responding with "Thank you" and then believe it. And tell your children everyday how beautiful and loved they are.
Love & hugs,