What we teach our daughter about Beauty
Okay, so now that I’m raising a daughter I try to be very intentional with what I teach her about beauty. Growing up in this world, the definition of beauty is changing everyday, it’s fleeting and we’re taught to chase it. Based on TV and magazine ads, it seems to be that our beauty is inside the creams, concealers and blenders we use.That’s doesn’t mean I don’t use all that stuff. I happen to like primping and curling. I use makeup, in fact I really love it! I color my hair, my face and my nails. For me, it’s a canvas I can clean up and use over again, and it satisfies my artsy side. However, we teach our daughter that those things are fun and nice. We use words like shiny, glittery and neat when referring to clothes, shoes or makeup. We try really hard to break the association of superficial things to beauty.
My husband and I make a clear distinction about what, and where her beauty is. Her beauty, as she’ll point out, is in her heart. Her beauty is on the inside. Beauty is not something we put on, then take off at the end of the day. It doesn’t wrinkle and get old, or worn out.
Her beauty is in her speech, the way she cares for those in need, the way she’ll defend her brother, and the way she stands up for herself. Her beauty is not one single thing. It’s not her face, her body, or her hair. Her beauty is so deep, it effects everything she does.
I know can’t protect her from the opinions and demands of the world forever, but I can teach her while she’s young. I can help her form deep roots so when the wind blows, she will not be moved. I want her to be proud of herself, and who she sees in the mirror, with or without makeup!