Thursday, December 11, 2008

Books and Winners and Real Girls

I meant to do this much sooner so forgive my behind-the-times-ness. It's been winter cold central around this crazy household. Snot is flying everywhere.

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Timestamp: 2008-12-11 16:11:03 UTC


Luanne is our t-shirt winner!! Yay!! If you'd email me your mailing address, I will send you your shirt asap.

Along with that, I have another giveaway for you all! Hoo-ray for free stuff, right?!

I talked a little bit before about Dove and what they are doing as a campaign for girls across the country. Last time I reminded you all of how beautiful YOU are. (Cuz, geez, you're gorgeous!) What I need you to do this time is read the Real Girls, Real Pressure report. It's not very long and honestly it's amazing to me. As I usually work with elementary girls (who are surprisingly already feeling way too much pressure) the crisis isn't quite as apparent as if I were in contact with teens more frequently.

When I was in high school I know I totally felt the need to be better. To be "perfect." To be like everyone else (aka: what the media told me I should be). However, coming 15 years later and looking at our culture now it is so much more prevalent and difficult to be a tween now. The media is much more all-surrounding and impossible to ignore.

Take a minute to read the report and then leave me a comment about something that you didn't know before to be entered to win this book. It's a really good read and a great tool for encouraging yourself, someone else or even for the guys to read. Our brains are seriously ridiculous sometimes with the pressures we allow to be placed on us.

And remember: You are freaking gorgeous. :)

9 comments:

beth said...

"Only 27 percent of girls ages 13 – 17 will turn to their father for help when feeling badly about themselves"

I was actually surprised that the number was this high... maybe it just surprises me though because i really didn't get along with my dad when i was that age. thankfully, i've grown up to appreciate him all the more. :)

Jean said...

I found it startling the age they started their survey with. Eight year olds! That's a 2nd or 3rd grader! That's CRAZY! Eight years old!

Makes me all the more aware to instill in my 4 year old how just how beautiful exactly the way she is. In her own words, "I'm perfect just the way God made me!" That's exactly right my little peanut. :)

Kristi said...

"at age 16 girls are more likely to seek support from male peers than their own dads" So I only have 9 years until Hannah doesn't come to Jesse? That just makes me sad. We try to be very careful about how we talk about our image in front of Hannah. Not only do we point out her beauty, but the beauty of EVERYONE around us. We are all God's creation...how could we not be beautiful!

Joy said...

my fantastic computation unit didn't allow me to view the article. Google provided me an interview this author did and here's my astonishing statistic: there are 4-year-olds who "go on diets" because it's a learned lifestyle from their parents or because they think they are fat or someone told them they were fat.

I am so thankful for my identity in Jesus Christ. What motivation to teach my daughter who she really is and why she is important.

Jenn said...

I was surprised at the drop off between the ages of 8-12 and 13-17 in communications with BOTH parents. But I was also surprised that girls start turning to male peers instead of their fathers. Teenage boys can be just as insecure and often are very hurtful to girls so it is disturbing to me that they are the one the girls go to for counsel instead of their fathers.

Hopefully our family will always be able to maintain open communication with our children (so far we only have a son, but we may have a daughter someday) to help promote their self-esteem and encourage them throughout the challenges in their lives.

Luanne said...

I am pretty hot aren't I :) Hooray to me for winning the t-shirt!!

Actually, none of this surprises me...maybe it is because I already have a teenager? But I do wish that it said that girls turn to their father more than only 27%. I find that very sad...for the dads...

anne said...

"61 percent of teen girls with low self-esteem admit to talking badly about themselves (Compared to 15 percent of girls with high self-esteem)"

It's amazing that even as adults, the kinds of things we say to ourselves are statements we would NEVER dream of saying to other people, like berating ourselves for how fat we look in the mirror. It makes me sad how young it starts.

Ruth A Stiles said...

I didn't realize that so many girls hurt themselves physically b/c of low self-esteem. I konw that society puts so much pressure on women to look young and stay slim. I get so annoyed by moms who want to look like their teenage daughter...what for? So boys get confused and start chasing you around? HAHA
I would love to read this book. I am sure it will influence everyone who reads it!

Nicole said...

I was impressed to learn that Dove partners with the Girl Scouts. When I was in Girl Scouts I just thought it was fun, I didn't even notice the foundation I was building through it, which is how it should be for young girls!