Monday, March 13, 2006

Success Tip-Teach Your Children Well- Ways to Boost Your Self Esteem

As a savvy, sassy and swamped successful woman you are a role model.

Do you have a young girl in your life? You could play an important role in shaping her view of herself.

A few months ago my stunning 12 year old god daughter grabbed her non existent hips. "Ugh. I'm fat!" she wailed as she looked at herself in a store's window

She is built like a luscious twig and she's complaining about being fat! Numerous studies are showing that body image in American girls has declined rapidly in the last 30 years. More and more media images show girls being valued for how they look instead of how they perform.

A 1996 study found that 53% of American girls are unhappy with their bodies. (Tiggerman and Pickering) This disturbing trend reflects the decrease in girls self esteem. A 2000 Study conducted by Girl Scout Research Institute showed that girls acceptance of their bodies drops from 75% as 8 and 9 year olds to 33% as 14-17 year olds.

One way to build your feelings of your own self worth is to encourage or mentor someone else. Janie Magruder wrote an excellent article with some superb tips to build girls self esteem. Her tips are terrific, use them for your kids, your co-workkers and even when you relate to yourself.

Those Arizona natives are impressing me this week. Please join me tomorrow. I will be sharing some of my self esteem tips on national radio with NFL legend,Nick Lowery (another Arizonian) 10-11am.

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