The Dove Self-Esteem Weekend – “Let’s Talk”

October 8, 2012 by Kailani  
Filed under daily life, family activities, hawaii, Life in Hawaii, my family

The Dove Self-Esteem “Let’s Talk” Weekend has come to an end and what a great time we had! It was a great opportunity for my daughters and I to have a heart-to-heart talk about the importance of self-esteem.

Dove is committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential by caring for themselves and each other. The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem invited all women to join them in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. There were many ways in which women could take simple actions that build self-esteem in girls. It could have been as simple as inspiring the next generation with words of encouragement, spending an hour on a self-esteem building activity, or supporting self-esteem education in her town.

For our weekend, I decided to get the girls outdoors . . . away from the television, magazines, and video games. It was time to be one with nature and show them a different meaning to the word “beautiful”. When I told the girls of my hiking plans they were very excited. They’ve never really been on a hike before and they couldn’t wait to see what it was all about.

We arrived at the Makiki Valley Loop Trail and found that there were many paths to choose from.

Since I had Kaila (2) with us, I knew I would have to select the easiest path. That turned out to be a great decision because it allowed me to talk to my girls as we leisurely strolled through the forest. We talked about how they were feeling about our new family situation, things happening at school, and anything else that they wanted to bring up. It was then that Kacie (10) mentioned that some of the girls in her class had started a “popular girls” club and asked her to join. She said she wanted to participate since these girls were her friends but that she also didn’t like that the group excluded other girls that she liked as well. In the end she decided to decline so that she could be friends with whoever she wanted to.

I am so happy that we decided to participate in the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem weekend. Sometimes it takes an event like this to remind myself to stop and enjoy my kids while I still can. Pretty soon they’ll be all grown up and I’ll miss moments like this when they still turned to me for help and advice. This is my chance to teach them that character, confidence, and independence are important traits that will take them far in life.

This post was sponsored by Dove

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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4 Responses to “The Dove Self-Esteem Weekend – “Let’s Talk””
  1. 1
    Cathi says:

    I’m so proud of Kacie and the decision she made. That was tough! The possible ramifications could have made her a target however it seems to me that she set a positive example instead. She is such a sweetheart! And … I can’t believe how much Kaila looks like Kiana!! You and your girls are beautiful Kailani and you all look so happy!!

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    Desert Songbird says:

    You’re setting up a great foundation to keep up the lines of communication. I think your girls will not be ones to “leave” you when they get older. My nearly 17-year-old daughter still makes a habit of coming to talk to me every afternoon after she returns from school to unload, discuss, or just chit-chat. We laugh, we ponder, we explain, we think through, and we laugh some more. You’re off to a great start as evidenced by your oldest’s very mature decision.

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    Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says:

    I so respect and admire Dove not only for their awesome products but for what they strive to do for society and girls of all ages! It’s definitely an initiative that’s needed, especially now and days.

    It’s so wonderful that you took your girls out into nature to show them a whole different kind of beauty! That’s exactly what I would have done; I love nature ^.^

  4. 4
    Lindsay says:

    What a great weekend with a great message! So awesome for you and your girls! Of any parents are searching for other educational play with your toddlers, check out there are lots of great self esteem builders there.

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