Jessica,

I loved this piece. My daughter is exactly the same, she is absolutely gorgeous, yet she’s spent six years being told it. I remember being stopped by strangers on several occasions when she was a baby, just to tell me how beautiful she was.

As a society, we place so much value on appearance, that even children as young as mine or yours are growing up learning that the more attractive you are, the more inherent your value is. And we wonder why we’re seeing increased rates of anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphia? Because we are teaching our children from as young as two that it is their appearance that makes them worthwhile! Never mind their creativity, their intelligence, their personalities! As long as you’re pretty, or handsome, you’ll be fine.

Thanks again for sharing this.

Jon

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