Educating, Inspiring and Empowering Our Girls!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

As a mother of two daughters I know the importance of teaching girls how to love themselves unconditionally. Did you know that 7 out of 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, their performance in school or their relationships with their families and friends? When I read this statistic it made me wonder just when do our girls lose their self-confidence? When do they go from little girls who do not have a care in the world filled with confidence and self-esteem to girls who are filled with self-doubt who do not love what they see when they look in the mirror? According to The National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, the self-esteem tipping point happens during the transition to teenage years. These years are the most crucial for girls; this is when they stop communication with us - the adults in their lives.

I saw this first hand when my oldest daughter was making this transition...she went from a little girl who would come home everyday and tell me everything that happened in school from first to last period, to a teenager who trusted and confided more in her friends then in me. Now that she is a young adult we are back to the relationship we had when she was younger, but we missed out on some important communication during those teenage years. What is very interesting is that most girls wish to have open and frequent conversations with their parents - but sometimes they don't know how or are not sure what our reactions will be to what is going on in their lives.

Educating, inspiring and empowering young girls to love themselves unconditionally has become one of my biggest passions. I believe in the importance of empowering our girls and helping them build the strength needed to deal with the many challenges they will face in life. It is because of this passion that I started I Love Me Unconditionally, a mentoring program to help girls build healthy, positive self images.

I recently posted about stepping out on faith and following what I believe to be God's purpose for my life. So using my role as a mother and my background as an educator I started the I Love Me Unconditionally mentoring program for girls and I am proud to say that this summer we will be having our very first I Love Me! Summer Camp where girls will participate in fun activities while building a strong sense of self esteem and of course celebrating all that is fabulous about being a girl!

I am so excited about this new endeavor and I believe that if I can help just one girl learn to love themselves unconditionally then I know that I am fulfilling God's purpose for my life!




4 comments:

YUMMommy on May 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM said...

YAY!! Hope all goes well with the camp this summer and that each year it will get better and better. We truly need more positive activities and organizations out there for our girls.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is amazing! It is so true about girls. I am scared about that transition stage when my baby girl grows up. I remember not speaking to my mom at all as a teenager, it wasn't until I came back home from college that we developed a relationship again. I just didn't think she could understand me. I don't want that to happen in my relationship with my daughter. I am so happy for you Nikki! I will definitely be coming to you for advice as my girl is growing:) Good luck this summer and Congratulations!!!!
~Karitsa

Nikki on June 1, 2011 at 9:10 PM said...

@YUMMommy Thank you so much for the well wishes! I agree we need more positive organization out there for our girls!

@Karitsa! I could tell you some stories about me and my mother when I was a teenager too. This is why we need to start communicating with our girls when they young so that hopefully they will continue to feel comfortable talking to us when they are older. I know you will have a great relationship with your little girl but if you ever need any advice you know I will be there for you!

Anonymous said...

GREAT

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