How do you instill a strong sense of self-esteem in your daughter? As a mother, how do you help her love and recognize all of her good qualities?
Dove® and Jess Weiner have teamed up to create a self-esteem toolkit that can help. They want to help encourage the girls in your life to embrace their own unique beauty. The interactive website helps you choose from a variety of activities based on age, your role (i.e. mother, teacher, mentor), number of girls, and what self-esteem topic to focus on. I’m proud to be able to play a part in helping gain awareness for this thoughtful program. Jess Weiner has always been one of my inspirational role models, and I would do anything to help my daughter have a strong sense of self as she navigates through the tween years.
I recently tried one of their recommended activities with my daughter, niece, and sister, and turned it into a craft and art activity. We did an activity from the Dove® Self-Esteem Toolkit called “Mutual Complimenting.” In this activity, you and your daughter share five things you like about one another and five things you each like about yourself.
I took it a step further, and designed some mini posters for us to doodle and draw on. First, we all went off into a quiet space and wrote down our “compliments” for ourselves and each other on notebook paper. We then shared with each other what we wrote. Then I gave everyone a “ME” poster and either a “MY GIRL” poster or a “MY MOM” poster to doodle our compliments onto. I set out markers, colored pencils, and snacks, and we got to work.
The most powerful part of the activity was learning how hard it was to easily compliment yourself, but how easy it was to compliment the other person. We are our own worst critics, and when we were all tasked with finding five things we love about ourselves, that was the list we all most struggled with. It was a cathartic activity and a powerful one. I know my daughter really fought her feelings of self-doubt when completing her poster about herself.
I love the different interpretations we all had when making our posters.
And it was great to take a little time and work on a fun art activity with each other.
Try this fun and powerful activity with your girl.
Here are all of the posters I created that you can download for free.
And for the all the Dads and sons out there, here is a set for you:
Print each onto a letter-sized sheet of paper. You can use regular white printer paper, but I used colored cardstock paper for ours. The results were not only beautiful to look at, but also powerful to feel.
The best part is that it was a fun creative activity to do with my girl.
Try this or one of the other great activity suggestions from the Dove® Self-Esteem Toolkit today!
Happy crafting together!
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What a great idea! My hubby & I try to tell our girls how very special & beautiful they are, but they don’t necessarily share our opinions of them. This sounds like a great way to let them really examine themselves & come up with a sense of self-worth. =)
Thanks Grace. It was also really powerful to do for yourself too, and to see how your daughter views her mother.
taking this to a group of 4th grade girls and parents — awesome! might also do this with Eric — spousal self-esteem can always use a boost!
Love it. What a great idea!
Such a fantastic idea – can’t wait to do this with my kids! It is really important to see how kids view you as well…..
Please can I ask that you produce a further 2 templates for this excercise – one for “My Dad” and “My Son”? I have a very crafty 7 year old boy and I think he would love to do this as well – my husband is also very involved and think this is brillant for him to do with his kids as well?
I would be so grateful!
You got it! Updating now… grab your free printables for your husband and son too. Thanks for the suggestion!
I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to do crafts like this with me!
Thank you for this post and for sharing your printables. I cant wait to try this with my children, especially my daughter.
Love this! I want to use it for a group activity on self esteem and developing talents. I have one or two girls whose mom wont be able to attend. They will come with a mentor or role model such as an older sister, aunt, grandmother etc. I’m not sure what to use in place of the my girl or my mom page. Do you have something more generic I could use? Thanks!