Help Your Daughter Realize Her Full Potential With The Dove Self-Esteem Project {and a Giveaway}

By | October 28, 2013

Dove Self-Esteem Project

A young girl’s self-esteem is a fragile thing.  It doesn’t take much to shatter it.  This is something I know all too well.  When I was in 8th grade, I made a really bad hairstyle choice.  (Most of us have been there, right?)  It wasn’t enough that I  had to see my bad choice every day when I looked in the mirror though.  That bad perm made me the target of some bullies who made my life miserable that year.  Every day for that whole awful year in Science class, three nasty boys picked on me mercilessly about it, calling me names and making horrible jokes at my expense.  The teacher did nothing to stop it and I literally felt sick to my stomach each day at the thought of walking into that classroom.  Even though this bullying occurred over 20 years ago, it still has long-lasting effects on my self-esteem. I prefer to be a wallflower, blending into the crowd, never calling attention to myself.

So I am painfully aware of how easily a young girls’ self-esteem can be crushed and how it can affect her long into her adult years.  As the mom of three girls, I know how crucial it is to build up my daughters’ self-esteem on a daily basis.  I don’t want my girls to go through life always worried what about what other people might think.  So I work extra hard to encourage them in their dreams and show them that they are beautiful both inside and out.  I don’t want them to ever feel worthless, like I did my 8th grade year.

Dove Self-Esteem Project

Did you know that 6 out of 10 girls have such anxiety about their looks that it causes them to quit a favorite activity?  6 out of 10!  Does anyone else find that statistic worrisome?  To help curb this trend, Kroger has partnered with Dove in the Self-Esteem Project.  By the year 2015, Dove and Kroger want to help reach more than 15 million girls with their wonderful self-esteem building programs.  Kroger and Dove are working with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Scouts, and Girls Inc. to develop self-esteem programs that will encourage and help girls all over the country to reach their full potential.  They feel so strongly about this that a portion of each and every purchase of  Dove products at Kroger will go to help this cause.  So far they have reached more than 11 million girls and are well on their way to meeting their goal.

When it comes to a young girl’s self-esteem, even the little things can make a huge difference.  As a parent, one thing you can do is have a “Just Us Girls” night with your daughter(s).   Whether it’s doing crafts, cooking, or having a beauty night, it is important for moms and girls to regularly have time alone to bond and help build up confidence.  While you are at it, be sure to download the Dove Self-Esteem Toolkit that can help you plan your girls’ fun night.  It features activity suggestions that are tailored to you and daughter and are designed to help her learn that everyone is beautiful in their own way.

How else can you help?  You can help spread the word about the Self-Esteem project by joining the  #GirlsUnstoppable conversation online.  Using that hashtag when you tweet or post to Facebook can help spread the word and reach even more girls.

It is so important to start building a girl’s self-esteem when they are young.  It is never too early to make a difference in a girl’s life.  I hope you will download the Dove Self-Esteem Toolkit and use it with your daughter and also help spread the word.  Between Dove, Kroger, and you, hopefully we can create a whole new generation of girls who looks in the mirror and loves what they see.

Dove Self-Esteem Project

A Fun Giveaway…  Dove and Kroger want to help spread the word about the Self-Esteem Project and they would like to bless one A Heart Full of Love reader with $15 in Dove products.  Entry is easy through the Rafflecopter form below. (US 18+ only please)

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Disclosure:  I will be receiving compensation for this post.  However, all opinions stated are my  own and the Dove Self-Esteem Project  is something I feel strongly about.

105 thoughts on “Help Your Daughter Realize Her Full Potential With The Dove Self-Esteem Project {and a Giveaway}

  1. Madonna

    my grand daughter is 6 and I think this would help me encourage her to not let others set her value but to see how special she is in our eyes.

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  2. Luna S

    I would use it to help with issues of being over weight to prove that your size doesn’t affect who you are as a person.

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  5. martha

    Dove is such a luxury product it will only make the person using it feel better about themselves and also make their skin so soft as it can only send confidence to each and all who use it….TY

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  6. Wendy R.

    You can never help your daughter have enough self esteem! I think my sister would like this with her daughter.

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  7. shirley

    We would talk and share, get physical, choose new activities, and help her form positive ideas about her beauty.

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  8. Jessica Lodge

    I don’t have a girl but I have 4 boys. My 11 year old is starting to be interested in girls and asks a lot of questions about girls. I think this would actually be a good tool to use with him as well to help him to understand how his actions can affect a girls self esteem.

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  9. Heather

    I would like to give this gift to the girls youth group. It would provide an opportunity for them to focus on the people around them and who they are rather than what they have or are wearing.

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  11. Lisa Felger

    I have three daughters so I know all about self-esteem issues. It’s hard when they hit that middle school phase, where they are still a child but on the brink of becoming a young lady. Girls can be so mean to one another. Just keep telling them how smart, talented and lovely they are and that they can accomplish anything if they set their minds to it.
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  12. Marti Tabora

    I would use the Girls in the Lead where you let the girl in your life teach you a new skill. I love that idea. I never would have thought about it on my own. Thank you.

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  13. beth

    I like all of the different activities and I think it will be a good tool to have on hand for my niece

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  14. Sara

    I would use the A Girl’s Guide to the Digital World—How to Log Off of Digital Drama! to help my niece understand how to use the internet safely and in a positive way

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  15. Kathie Leveson

    Using new moves & grooves I would take girls hiking for exercise & see natural beauty

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  16. Susan B

    I don’t really have any girls in my life, just me! Being overweight my entire life, I can always use a self-esteem boost, it gets pretty hard sometimes..

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  17. Lori C Sauriol Cosgrove

    I’d utilize the self esteem guide to add to the knowledge base I already have (I’ve three children, 2 girls/1 boy all in their 30’s), and help my 13 yr old Granddaughter to feel proud of her strengths and build her confidence so as to assist her in those areas she feels she might not excel in or is struggling with. I think all too often we’re quick to point out to children when they are lacking or doing something wrong, but we need to be sure and grab every opportunity we can to PRAISE and COMPLIMENT them too.

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  18. melina r

    I like New Moves & Grooves where I can excercise with my daughter together while helping with body image.

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  19. Sharon

    that would be great for girls of all ages, but i see it targeted to preteens

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  20. Carol

    I like all of the different activities and I think it will be a good tool to have on hand for my niece.

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  21. Danielle Porter

    I love the idea of the role model report, more in a discussion format, but to have women you can look up to is a good thing!

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  22. Jennifer Pittman

    For my daughter – to have high self esteem & high self worth of her self! Don’t let others bring you down!

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  23. Tracy Robertson

    I like the Beautiful Book Club tool kit and it’s reccomendations of books for teenage girls. I actually work with developmentally disabled adults, but many of them “live at the teenage level” so these books and the discussions would be great for them!

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  24. steve weber

    it’s filled with good tips as a reminder of self-worth for young girls.

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  25. heather eg kaufman

    I would show her how great the Dove campaigns are, showing women of all colors, shapes, & sizes.

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  26. Angela S

    I would use it to talk to my daughter about having a positive body image and encourage her to feel good about herself.

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  27. marian boll

    I have very dry skin and need special products, Dove is great for me…

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  28. Becky VanGinkel

    I think this kit could help every single young girl in America. I would love to use it to teach my daughters about their Life Goals.. how to set them and work towards them until they get the outcome they want and deserve. I also think it would be great in teaching them to respect themselves and other girls!

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  29. Tamarae Ellis

    I work with college freshman and volunteer with teen girls (13-15) and feel that this toolkit would be perfect for either age group and is important for both!

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  30. Carmen Q

    I’d like to use the “Girls in the Lead” resource because my daughter loves teaching me new things!

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  31. Kim Trevino

    I have used Dove products for years and now I am sharing the same values of good clean, clear skin with my children.

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  32. Paol Trenny

    I would use the resources to guide and help my daughter to deal with changes she is experiencing

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  33. Rachel

    I would use this with my daughter age 8 to do activities to help boost self esteem

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  34. Jennifer Reed

    I would use the Dove Self Esteem Toolkit prize for my 7 year old daughter who is desperate to be older than she is and wear makeup. She needs to learn that she is beautiful just the way she is. Great skin care products as well as good literature could help.

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  35. leeann

    I would spend time discussing how magazines are fake and give us a distorted view of what “real” women look like!

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  36. Ann Barham

    I would love to use this kit as a talking tool with my niece, as she is always asking a million questions.

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  37. Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    My niece Stella is only 2. In time this will help all of us women in her life to encourage her to not let others value her and her esteem but to teach her to see how amazing and special she is to is and to herself.

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  38. Teresa Thompson

    Mutual Complimenting-Share five things you like about one another and five things you each like about yourselves.

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  39. Billie Wilson

    I would use this to help boost my nieces self esteem. She is only 8 and has some issues with it.

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  40. Lois LePard

    Would be great to share with my niece who is becomming a teen real soon and struggles with not being itsy bitsy like her friends.

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  41. latanya

    I would use to learn more about my cousin’s hobbies so we can explore them together

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  42. latoya

    One of my teenage cousins is always obsessing about her weight, so I would use it to talk to her about healthy eating and exercise, instead of focusing on the scale.

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  43. Robyn L

    Would love to use this tool kit with my granddaughter to let her know don’t let others influence her esteem but to build her own self worth and esteem.

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  44. Julie W

    This would be great for my daughters, I would use it to boost there self esteem & teach them to be themselves

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  45. Tammy Woodall

    I would use it to have a “Girls Night” with my Niece. We could have a mini-spa evening. I would use this time to talk to her about how beautiful she is inside and out, and to never let anyone tell her otherwise.

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  46. Annemarie Z.

    I would use it to build my boyfriend’s daughter’s self-esteem in the life goals area!

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  47. Tara C

    I really like their activity “A Girl’s Guide To The Digital World—How To Log Off Of Digital Drama” – too much harassment and bullying happens online, where parents might not always be aware of it, so it’s a great idea to talk to girls (and boys!) about what’s appropriate and what’s not on the internet, and how to handle it when the inevitable drama pops up.
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  48. richelle bowers

    my daughter is confident with herself but at one time she was concerned with her weight

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  49. Samantha Knight

    I would give this to my sweet niece. Her older brothers always pick on her, not allowing her to be herself or act like a girl. She was too ashamed to play with dolls, etc. So I want to prove to her that being female is beautiful, especially when you let your personality shine.

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  50. Fiona N

    I would help her to create ultimate and lasting confidence in her life!
    Thank You

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  51. Cynthia Mercado

    I would use the Self esteem support network to celebrate the women important in her life!

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  52. Kristeen

    My daughter would love he body self image part of it. I believe self image is good to be able to say i am beautiful regardless of who and how you look

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  53. Ali Goff

    I would use this Mutual Complimenting idea by sharing five things you like about one another and five things you each like about yourselves. That’s such a great idea.

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  54. Stacy

    My niece is 12 and so when I compliment her, I will be sure to use specifics so “she can have something real about herself to grab on to”

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  55. laurie

    I will give her multiple compliments on her and her actions and works

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  56. Heather!

    We at Girl Scouts have worked with Dove and their self-esteem projects for several years now. I would continue to use their tools with girls I work with in detention centers.

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  57. kristy balser

    the Boost book, This would be great for my niece! as she ie entering jr high and is very shy

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  58. Bonny

    I think the mutual complimenting is a great idea. I would try to focus equally on physicality, personality and character traits so she doesn’t get the idea that one is more important than the other.

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  59. Amanda

    I would use the kit with my daughter and my nieces so they could see how truly beautiful they are.

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  60. michelle hill

    My twin tweens are at that age and trying to keep them happy with letting them know the little things when they try a new style or any look and telling them not to be what others want them to be. Tougher now then when I was young this site is a great page and I will leave it up so maybe they will glance at it

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  61. Yvonne Rorie

    This is a wonderful program for young girls to strengthen your self-esteem.

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  62. Anne White

    My daughter and I spend time together all the time and I am always making sure she knows how special and beautiful I think she is. She is truly my little angel and as a mom who went through years of suffering from an eating disorder due to low self-esteem I try to constantly re-enforce how wonderful she is and what a blessing and difference she can be to this world. 🙂

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