I’ve met with many young girls who are being targeted by their peers through hurtful comments about their appearance. Striking out at a girl regarding her appearance is the easiest way to dis-empower her. Most girls will take the insults in without much of a fight; they grow to believe these negative comments are true and wind up secretly hating themselves for it. As we know, this can develop into self-deprecating habits of thought or self-harm and worse.

Dove’s initiative to broach self-image, especially in young girls, is encouraging. Mums and dads can acquire some effective tools for their daughters by learning about this Sticks and Stones campaign.

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