Tools to increase your self-esteem

August 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Girl power! Simple ways to help your daughter gain confidence and boost her self-esteem. Jennifer Berger, executive director of About-Face, shares this advice.

Jennifer's tips:

What you can do for yourself

  • Vote with your dollars. If you don't like the ad, don't buy the product.
  • Think critically about the media you listen to and watch. How does it affect the way you feel about yourself?
  • Give advertisers and their agencies a piece of your mind, and join About-Face in taking action!
  • In front of a mirror, list 5 good things about your body instead of critiquing it.
  • Get the basics down-a healthy diet and the right amount of exercise for you.
  • Remember that real self-improvement is about working on yourself on the inside, not just changing yourself on the outside.
  • Notice women who are different from the ideal and find a few beautiful things about them.
  • You may find you're less harsh with yourself.

What you dan do for a girl in your life:

  • Bring an About-Face workshop to her school or group to help her make sense of media.
  • Watch TV, use the Web, or read magazines together and discuss what you see.
  • Encourage her to boycott brands that show women in a negative light.
  • Write an e-mail together if there's an ad or show you both find offensive.
  • Lay off weight talk and body complaints in front of her. She learns how to think about her own body based on what you say about yours.
  • Let her know she's not alone in her body concerns, but give her hope that she can learn to accept her body as it is.
  • Counter her negative body talk with positive talk about her strengths and accomplishments.
  • Show her what a confident woman looks like by being one yourself!

About About-Face
About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image. We deliver media-literacy workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, enable girls and women to take action, and maintain the web site About-Face.org. About-Face is based in San Francisco, and educated 500 young women in the 2007-08 school year.

For more information, visit www.about-face.org


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