1. Kristiana

    I’m a teacher myself so this really hit home for me. I am stunned every time one of my 11 year olds panics because she forgot to put on foundation this morning. Yet, I too, religiously apply foundation in the morning. I think you are right in that our idea of a role model must be extended further. It is about being relatable but then owning the flaws others identify with; showing strength in what they feel is adversity. Thank you for sharing this, incredibly thought provoking!

    • Yes!! Of course it’s perfectly okay to put foundation on in the morning, just like it’s okay to find a picture of yourself unflattering. It’s just that we’ve begun to normalize actively making fun of ourselves, and it’s not good for the younger generation. Thanks for your comment!

  2. What a great post!! It’s very important for us as women to teach young girls to be happy in the body they have. Sometimes I find myself saying those same exact things about pictures of myself and it doesn’t make it any easier when there’s photoshopped pictures all over social media now!
    By the way love the “look like a pale chicken nugget” quote!

  3. Thanks for this reminder about how important it is to be a positive role model. It is so easy to get caught up in our own stuff that we don’t realize how it effects those around us.

    • Of course! It’s good to be positive about your self-esteem for your own sake, but it has the added bonus of setting the kids around you up for good self-esteem, too!

  4. I can definitely relate to this. Sometimes, we don’t realize who is listening to us. Kids are so easily affected by what adults say, and when we make fun of ourselves or rag on ourselves, kids think that they should, too. It’s especially important as a teacher to be mindful of what you say, and I love that you recognize that.

    • Yes! I’m definitely not saying we should be 100% confident all the time, but we should be kinder to ourselves even when we aren’t feeling confident. In addition to helping us feel good about ourselves, it helps the kids around us learn to treat themselves nicely.

  5. As a soon to be mom, this is important to me. I’ve always had low self esteem, and I know it’s going to be that way, but I also know that I will absolutely be very careful about what I am saying in front of my kids. I don’t want them talking like that in fourth grade!

    • Congrats on being a mommy-to-be!! It’s gotta be nearly impossible to keep every instance of feeling bad about ourselves away from kids, and plus I think it’s important to be honest about what you’ve gone through! However, I just hope that authority figures and role models are doing their best to be mindful of how that’s presented. I’m sure you’ll do a lovely job! Thank you for your comment!

  6. Kids pick things up so early… my nursery girls are, at 3-4 already concerned with how they look in photos we take… we are definitely examples to all young girls around us. They are sponges….

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