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September 15, 2010

Beauty is in the Eye of the Baby Holder

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!


MultipleMum said...

I know what you mean about this. The Minx is way more girly than I ever was (she is genetically closer to my sister-in-law it seems...). I have no idea how I will be able to keep up with her tuition in hair, make-up or fashion (I hope she may be able to teach me a thing or two?).

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I guess we just need to be a constant reminder to our kids that being 'cute' or 'pretty' or 'handsome' isn't enough. You have to nurture the inner-beauty and the kindness to be a truly beautiful person.

Andrea said...

Nope, not over thinking it at all. Your girls are obviously beautiful on the outside, but you will install in them what it takes to be beautiful inside!

Cuz I'm the mama! said...

I do it too. I agree - it's natural. And - your girls are beauties!! :-)