As a complement to my series on family influence on our food preferences, I decided to include a few thoughts about self-esteem and today's teenage girls.
I work quite a bit with girls in elementary, junior high, and high school and almost every single one of them has body image issues. Did you know that 80% of 10-year-old girls have already been on a diet? You know the number one cause of dieting is body dissatisfaction, right? So when I was asked to review M.J. Abadie's book The Goddess in Every Girl: Develop Your Feminine Power, I was hopeful that her words might be able to build up our girls' self-esteem.
I am happy to say that Abadie delivered. She teaches young women how to find—and keep—their voice as they enter adolescence and adulthood. Using the power of mindfulness techniques and ancient goddess archetypes, Abadie does for young women what Jean Bolen did for adult women in the 1980s with her best-selling book Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women and later in the 2000s with Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty and Crones Don’t Whine.
What I love about Abadie’s book is that although it is written for teenage girls, women (and some men) of all ages can relate to these messages—and maybe even do some healing around childhood negative beliefs about your body.
Her nuggets of wisdom include:
Do yourself—and your daughter—a favor and discuss the importance of self-care, listening to and trusting your intuition, honoring your body, and finding a space you can call your own. Even better, get a hold of a copy of this book and gift it to her for an upcoming birthday or holiday.
For more about M. J. Abadie, go to: http://www.beyondword.com/authors/m.j.-abadie