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Teach Your Daughter to Love Her Body By Loving Yours

When I found out I was pregnant, I knew my world was going to change. When I learned I was having a baby girl, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

Young girls have a lot of pressure from society about how they should look, act and dress, and as her mother it’s my job to protect her as best as I can from those judgments. How? Well, it starts at home.

“The way a girl feels about her beauty starts with how you feel about yours.” That’s the message behind a new video called "Legacy" by Dove.

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31 percent of moms hate their bodies.

The moms in the video share what they love about their bodies and what physical traits they dislike. Their daughters were so aware of what their mother’s saw and even projected some of those opinions on themselves.

One afternoon when I was putting on makeup, my daughter asked me why I wore makeup. She wanted to know if it made me feel pretty. It’s a hard question to answer.

“Sometimes,” I told her. “But makeup doesn’t make us beautiful.”

“No it doesn’t,” she replied.

I was curious about her thoughts on the matter.

“What do you think makes us beautiful?” I asked her.

She thought for a moment before answering.

“Pretty dresses!” She explained.

The message in the video stuck with me and made me stop and think about the things I say about myself in front of my daughter. Of course when she asks me if I think I like my appearance, I tell her I do. I don’t want to waiver in my confidence in front of her because I know my attitude can rub off on her.

Knowing how I want my daughter to feel about herself makes me reevaluate the way I see myself.

According to a TODAY Moms survey of more than 3000 people, 31 percent of moms hate their bodies, and 2/3 of moms say images of Hollywood moms looking extra-fit after having a baby make them feel worse about themselves.

I want my daughter to be confidant and to love herself the way she is. I want her to love that big head of crazy curls she has and to never straighten them for a boy. I hope that she adores her originality and spark that shines from the inside out.

Knowing how I want my daughter to feel about herself makes me reevaluate the way I see myself — not only in her presence, but to have better self-confidence overall.

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Instead of stressing about the number on the scale or my hair that’s hard to tame, I need to learn to embrace it, and feel beautiful not only for her, but for myself.

What do you think about the Dove campaign to be aware of how we feel about our beauty? What do you teach your children about beauty?

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