Parents have to worry about so much.
On a daily basis, parents have to worry about the safety, well-being, education, and many other factors when it comes to their children. One would have to ask, “What other factors do parents have to worry about? Well, before you create that long list, in enters self-image, another factor for parents to add to their plate of worries.
Self-image is defined as, the idea one has of their appearance, abilities, and personality. Interestingly enough, there are 3 types of opinions that help to make up your self-image:
– How you view yourself
– How others view you
– The results of how you perceive those outward perceptions from others.
African American girls, as little as 2-7 years of age, are becoming more aware of their differences amongst their peers. The actions parents take to increase their child’s self image before the world gets a chance to break it are becoming more important, especially in this social media driven society we live in today.
For Example parents like Alonda Williams, author of Penny and the Magic Puffballs, have taken an active stance to help increase her little girl’s self image, and all the little girls with natural hair around the world. I got a chance to sit down with Alonda to talk about her becoming an author, and her drive to ensure her daughter feels comfortable, confident and secure in her own skin.
Penny and the Magic Puffballs is about a little girl named Penny, with natural hair, who is given the best boost of confidence from her mother who styles her hair and invokes her magic puffballs.
Check out my interview with Alonda Williams on “Enhancing Your Daughter’s Self-Image” here or select the play button below.
After our interview, one thing I really wanted to do was put my hair into two magic puffballs and scream, I AM PENNY TOO! I believe our children of today deserve the ability to identify with their own superpower. Children should frequently see images of themselves that promote confidence, pride and self-love. As we learned from Butterfly Alonda, there are many ways a parent can increase their child’s self-image.
BMWK: How are you ensuring your child has high self-esteem and a positive self-image? What tips could you give other parents who battle with raising their children to think highly of themselves?