I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

The pressure for perfection

on November 13, 2013

smiling3We have become our own worst enemies through pressures put on us by the media.  Every day we see images of perfect and beautiful people in magazines and on TV, pressuring us to reach for perfection.  We are told that we are too big, too small, too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall…….there is always something wrong with us and we search endlessly for ways to become that perfect and beautiful person.

Yet how can we become perfect in a world that is far from perfect?

Our culture creates an artificial image of beauty that can never be reached and it is having a negative impact on young people, especially girls and women.  More and more young people are starting on diets as young as age 5!!  Adults need to promote a more positive image by being good role models, encouraging healthy living and helping our younger generation build confidence and increase their self-esteem.   Young people need to know that it is okay to be different and that they are amazing just the way they are.

Here is an interesting article on how relentless body shaming puts girls at risk.

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