I love + accept myself. [Do you?]

i love and accept myself

Young girls are quite often open to all things loving, girly and ritual based. As a toddler they saw you going through your morning routine putting on your makeup and the one thing they most desperately wanted was to paint their face aswell… Just like mummy.  So, it is quite natural that if they see you using crystals, meditating, or using affirmation cards that they will then want to try these out themselves.

Our girls need to be encouraged to love themselves unconditionally. To know that they are important and loved no matter how they look, feel, or behave physically. Without placing an importance on physical outer beauty, but on inner beauty and acceptance. On happiness and joy, above ‘fitting in’…

We all look completely different.

Freedom and individuality should be encouraged in all areas:

  • In the way that they dress, their favourite way to style their hair.
  • In the things they love and loathe.
  • In the activities they like, and the ones that they prefer to never have to do…

 

~~~ and dancing, should always be encouraged!!! ~~~

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I love and accept myself just the way I am.

 

We are all individuals and this is so important to remember. You don’t have to wear frilly dresses if you prefer to be in shorts and a t-shirt. You don’t have to watch tv if you would rather read a book or explore the outdoors, or make mud pies. You don’t have to wear your hair a certain way, just to fit in. And you certainly don’t need to be upset that you have freckles, or because some kid said once that short hair is stupid.

 

One simple affirmation to start with your daughter to encourage self love is by saying “I love and accept myself” or expanded a little “I love and accept myself, just the way I am”

 

Every morning and evening, both of you can repeat this affirmation in front of the mirror as you prepare for the day.

To make it a little more fun – do it together. Try repeating the affirmation in as many different voices as you can, and emphasizing different syllables. It will only take a few minutes of your time and can absolutely change your day!

 

Quite often Liana and I will do this together in front of the mirror as we brush teeth and hair in the morning and it will naturally progress into one of us doing a little dance, or pulling a face and then collapsing in a fit of giggles.

 

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You can even create a conversation about it.

I love and accept myself, even though…

I love and accept myself, even though I sometimes have dirty fingernails…
I love and accept myself, even though my hair is a different colour to yours…
I love and accept myself, even though occasionally I might yell too much…
I love and accept myself, even though sometimes I struggle to stay focused and on task…
I love and accept myself, even though I forgot to do that job you asked me to do…

 

I truly believe that as a mum the greatest lesson you can model for your daughter is self love.

 

This is a perfect place to start, so how about you start right now! Commit to 10 days of this practice and see what amazing changes you can create. Also notice the blocks and bumps that you come across (because there are always moments when you don’t quite feel it 100%) and see if you start to notice any patterns.

PS: Don’t forget to come back and let me know how you go!

Renee

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  • Naomi Arnold | Project Healthy Happy MeNovember 3, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    Just beautiful. I smiled the whole way through this post, and could really picture you guys brushing your teeth and doing that – you have a way with words, that’s for sure.ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsNovember 17, 2014 - 8:01 am

      awww thanks Naomi!!! Glad you enjoyed it xReplyCancel

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  • AriadneOctober 31, 2014 - 8:40 am

    Renee I absolutely love this post. It is such an important part of my journey now, as an adult, learning to self love + acceptance. Such a beautiful way to introduce it to our little ones xxReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsNovember 17, 2014 - 8:01 am

      Thank you Ariadne! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment xReplyCancel

  • ClareOctober 29, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    What a great way of modelling self love and appreciation to your daughter. The sidekick is too young to say it with me, but not to young to feel the intent of the words – we’re starting tonight! xReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsNovember 17, 2014 - 8:02 am

      Awesome Clare – I’d love to hear how it goes for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • JenniOctober 28, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    Very timely post for me Renee. I love that you are able to share such a positive message with Liana. I must say this is easier to do with my smaller kids and more of a challenge with a teenager! But I am hopeful the messages will get through! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsNovember 17, 2014 - 8:02 am

      My pleasure Jenni – I would love to hear how you go! The teenager will come around eventually 🙂ReplyCancel

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