Recently, my daughter was looking at a photo of herself and said, “I look so beautiful!” Of course, I immediately responded that she is indeed. After I said that, I immediately thought about how other people would react if they had heard her say that. In this society, we view that as being conceited, and let’s face it, we do think about how others view our children.
So, I considered how I should handle this in the future and decided that if she views herself as beautiful, that is a good thing. One thing I have learned as an adult is we spend a lot of time tearing each other down. The media does not help at all either, especially when they refer to an actress as overweight when she is a size 8.
The question is, where is the line drawn between confident and conceited? How have other parents handled situations like these which resulted in self-confident adults?