I read an article once about how most people, when complimenting girls, seem to concentrate on their physical looks. "Look at how pretty you are, you have beautiful eyes...etc." But, when it comes to complimenting a little boy, it is about character building, "you are so strong, you are so athletic...etc."
I notice how true this was when I actually started to listen to the compliments that were coming to my daughters each day. Many people were complimenting about how cute their outfit was and how pretty they were, but I didn't hear much other than the superficial.
I want my daughters to grow up to be confident women that see themselves for more than just physical beauty. Mike is so good about complimenting our girls daily and making sure they know they are beautiful. But, I hope to continue to affirm them so they can grow up to understand that beauty is fleeting...and what is more important is to have love in the soul. I love this quote by St. Augustine, " Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul." I hope this quote continues to resonate within me and in my prayer as mother for my daughters.
PS: Did you see that dirty stuffed animal in Sophia's hand? Meet Sheep. She is the most loved doll around the house. Sheep accompanies Sophia to all her naps and tea parties. You will see her in our pictures a lot.
PSS: first time linking up with FLAP