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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

I Am Beautiful Like Me

How can I help children create a positive self image, to feel the strength of their voice, and to celebrate their mental and physical diversity? It’s a question I’ve been contemplating for the last few days.

Another blogger reached out and asked if I’d be interested in a project. She has two pre-teen daughters and helping them process the varied bombardment of messages they receive each day related to how girls (and boys) are supposed to look, dress, feel, talk and act is top-of-mind.

WickedStepMom is looking for bloggers who would like to help with a grassroots effort to positively impact young people in our lives. Amy from Five Flower Mom has also committed to the cause and we’re looking for other interested participants to help impart a message: I am not beautiful like you, I am beautiful like me.

Beautiful Like Me

Do you have tips or insights to help children create a positive self image? What kinds of issues have you tackled, and how did you tackle them? What do you do in your home to transcend the media messages, which focus so entirely on sexuality and body size, to help children focus on developing their strengths and to feel positive about themselves physically and mentally?

If you have ideas, resources or personal stories to share, please let me know in your comment here, or contact WickedStepMom directly. She has set up a special page on her blog to create a master linked list of participants and resources, and she’s offering this pretty badge for anyone willing to carry it on their blog. She’ll also be setting up a bi-weekly, topical posting schedule to help coordinate efforts and interest.

I don’t have an answer to my initial question, but the first round-table post is scheduled for April 6th and will focus on How our self-image affects the self-image of our children. I’m quite sure I’ll learn something about myself during this process as well as gain some great ideas to help the children in my life. I’m looking forward to diving in, learning more and to hopefully reading a gazillion posts from all of you related to your thoughts, experiences, suggestions and ideas.

I am not beautiful like you, I am beautiful like me.

Teach the next generation about true beauty and self confidence.

Help girls and boys to have a better self image and to stand up for beauty in all forms.

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