Wellness Coach Deborah Kesten explains how mothers can promote good self-esteem for their daughters.
I think there are a few levels that go on that go on between, that could be beneficial between particularly mothers and their daughters because daughters very often get their sense of how they are in the world from their mothers, but also of course how they are, this is Psych 101, how their dads treat them and how they are with their dads. However, in terms of the mom and daughter kind of thing, you’ve always heard the concept: it’s not telling, it’s doing and showing by example.
So of course it’s being the kind of person you want your daughter to be and how you want your daughter to live, but it’s, again, it’s also from my perspective, it’s, in terms of self-esteem and having that sense, it’s to use the wonderful word empower, it’s empowering the teenage girl, your daughter, to have a sense of values in terms of what is and is not important to her with relationships, with friendships, and with boys and with girls, period. And with teaching and with education and with movies, and it doesn’t matter what the “it” is, with food. What is your relationship with your car, with your television, with the TV shows you watch, with your boyfriend, with your friends? What kind of food do you want to let into your life, what kind of boy do you want to let into your life, what kind of friends do you want to let into your life, what kind of qualities would they have to make your relationship with each aspect of your life as important as the relationship with your partner or your parents?
About Deborah Kesten, M.P.H.:
Deborah Kesten, M.P.H., is an international nutrition and lifestyle researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and Director of Nutrition on similar research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe. More recently, she has created the pioneering Enlightened Diet, a “whole person” optimal eating and weight loss program, the results of which were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than 200 published health articles, she is the award-winning author of The Enlightened Diet, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul and The Healing Secrets of Food, a comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition program about the power of food to heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.