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How can I teach my daughter to focus less on her appearance?

Michele Borba
Psychology
Recent studies show that too many of our kids -- especially girls -- base their self-esteem on how they look instead of what they can do. The effect on self-confidence is disastrous. So help your daughter focus more on her actions and less on appearance. Gently turn conversations about looks, dates and dress sizes into topics about plans and goals.

Also, be a role model by discussing your goals and share your pride over any new accomplishments. By talking more about personal achievements and less about appearance, you will help your child develop personal beliefs formed on her accomplishments. In the process she will feel better about herself.
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