From Day 1, I’ve been telling my girls they’re beautiful. I just can’t help myself! It seems only natural for me to say, “How are Mommy’s beautiful baby girls this morning?”
And almost from Day 1, my husband has been scolding me for what he perceives as my superficiality.
Do I think my girls are beautiful? Of course I do! What mother doesn’t?!
But if I ever had to spell it out, I guess I’m thinking about beauty in a much larger context…I’m trying to raise my girls to be beautiful, healthy people, on the inside and out.
Certainly I praise the girls for being sweet and kind…for being polite…for behaving nicely…for following directions…and of course for learning new skills and words.
I think it’s important to instill self-confidence in our girls along a multitude of aspects, beauty – however it’s defined – being one of them.
I have sworn to my husband that I’m not trying to groom the girls to be on Toddlers and Tiaras. I have a bare bones beauty regimen myself, and I actually worry if I’ll be able to teach them to apply lipstick properly…I’m not sure I know how myself! :)
I am quite sure the question of beauty is yet another idea that I’m far over-thinking!