How often to do we see little girls and immediately compliment them on her pretty dress or beautiful smile? It's pretty standard small-talk with the little ones in our society. I know I'm guilty here.
|My adorable AND intelligent cousin, Alex.|
I definitely agree that we should remember to praise our girls for being polite, caring, creative, smart, etc., but I don't think it's bad to also tell them they are beautiful. In our society, there's no getting around the fact that girls are going to be bombarded with messages about beauty. And when my daughters are questioning their appearances because they don't meet some unrealistic standard they see in a magazine, I would want them to hear my voice in their head reminding them over and over again that they are, indeed, beautiful.