I think I am a mindful Mom. I think that I work hard to build my daughter’s self-esteem on a daily basis. But school, homework and sport activities take up so much of our family time. I need to check in with my parenting priorities.

Am I doing enough to build my daughter’s self-esteem? Am I giving my daughter the extra attention she needs to counteract negative social messages?

I am inspired by Dove’s invitation to thousands of women across Canada to encourage positive self-esteem in young girls.

Dove asks everyone to take 1 hour of our time to focus on a self-esteem activity with a young girl during the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, October 22 to 24.

Free Online Resources and Registration

Women and local girls’ organizations can go to to sign up, see a list of easy activities they can do at home, download materials and tools for group workshops or browse a list of free public workshops in their communities sponsored by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.

Some activity ideas:

  • Share Words of Encouragement Send a self-esteem boosting e-mail to a young girl in your life
  • Start a Conversation – choose an activity from the mother-daughter activity guide, such as Mom & Me where mothers and daughters can interview each other to learn more about each other
  • A Boost Book – show a young girl how to create a scrapbook of encouraging sayings, images and clippings that they can refer to when having a tough self-esteem day
  • What is Beauty Photography Project – taking pictures of what’s beautiful in the world around you and what’s beautiful about yourself

Upcoming Toronto Workshop sponsored by Dove

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) will be hosting a self-esteem workshop led by NEDIC Director, Merryl Bear on Saturday, October 23, 2-4 p.m. at The Harbourfront Community Centre. Registration can be done online at



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