How Mothers Can Teach Their Daughters' Self Love, A Story About A Life Changing Workshop for Girls


Teaching The Next Generation How To Love Thy Self

These stories and these moments of vulnerability remind us how it easy it is to get so lost in ourselves and the comparisons that we forget to love and honor our own beautiful self.  We learned that when we open up and share and lean into each other, we create a community, a revolution of love for ourselves, for our daughters and for each other.

This past month I had the opportunity to co-lead the Simply Bee Mother Daughter workshop with Monica Bullock LCPC, one of the licensed clinical professional counselors on staff.

While our goal for this workshop was to help shift these conversations, we are thrilled to learn this shift into self love would continue to spread to other women and girls outside of our workshop.  One of our participants shared her journey of the workshop with her 3rd grade class. She created a beautiful poster board with all positive and empowering words. Each classmate got to choose a word to describe her beautiful self.  Some of these words included awesome, amazing, beautiful, creative, funny, and more. We love the ripple effect of self love and are looking forward to continuing it in our next mother daughter workshop!

Our workshop revolved around body image, social media, the comparisons we make, and how to have these conversations with our daughters. Our goal was to shift the conversations from negative body talk to self love.

Mother thank you for being the anchor in this stormy sea of life.

The workshops were divided into two groups based on age.  In our first workshop, we worked with tweens between ages 9- 11. In this age group, we anticipated the girls would speak more freely as they were not as heavily impacted yet with social media. Instead, what we witnessed was the mothers stepping into their stories and sharing their own struggles.  Every mother in the room may have told her own story, but they all shared one common thread: How we speak to ourselves, how we think of ourselves, and how sometimes the expectations placed on us overshadow who we are or who we are meant to be. As these mothers shared these stories, the connection with their daughters grew. One mother shared how she avoided the mirror as she did not like what she saw. Her daughter, placed her hand on her shoulder, and told her mom that she was beautiful.  

In our second age group, the girls were between ages 12 -14.  In this segment, the girls spoke freely about the pressures of not being enough. They were feeling pressure to look a certain way, dress a certain way, have perfect hair and perfect grades. The comparisons were not only from social media, but from within their friend groups.  After the daughters shared, the mothers spoke about their own friendships and comparisons, and how social media had impacted their lives. They spoke up fiercely for their daughters and for themselves. We let go of the negative self talk by honoring something unique and amazing within each of us.

Our gentle yoga practice weaved in our positive affirmations and mothers and daughters moved through poses together. They lifted each other up physically and emotionally, they breathed into each other, and they supported each other in every way.  

While our goal for this workshop was to help shift these conversations, we are thrilled to learn this shift into self love would continue to spread to other women and girls outside of our workshop.  One of our participants shared her journey of the workshop with her 3rd grade class. She created a beautiful poster board with all positive and empowering words. Each classmate got to choose a word to describe her beautiful self.  Some of these words included awesome, amazing, beautiful, creative, funny, and more. We love the ripple effect of self love and are looking forward to continuing it in our next mother daughter workshop!

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