Beautiful Girl

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We recently celebrated our daughter’s 4th birthday. It was a reminder to us of how quickly she is growing and of the important task we have ahead, to lay the positive foundations that will help her to become a happy, whole and vibrantly healthy grown woman. Seems like a difficult ask in today’s world, but we’re determined to give it our best shot!

I’ve been reminded over and over again recently that a woman’s body image is inextricably linked to her health and wellbeing in ways that we are only beginning to understand.

All health begins with how we perceive ourselves and our bodies.

Doing all the right things, eating the best food and getting plenty of exercise can help, but if we don’t give our body the acceptance, respect and nurturing it truly deserves, our efforts can often be sabotaged or in vain. The majority of us have grown up experiencing negative messages about our bodies from a young age (attitudes passed down in families; unintended comments from others) and this can often show up later in life as health problems or unhealthy behaviour.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this didn’t have to be the reality and that young girls could grow up well equipped with a solid imprint of self-love at an early age and positive ideas and beliefs about themselves and their world? How much more easily and confidently would they be able to navigate the confusing world of food, dieting and health, if this was the case?

I’m a fan of Dr Christiane Northrup and her unique approach to womens’ health, so when I heard she had released a children’s book designed to start the process of helping young girls to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies, I knew it would be a useful tool in helping to spark these positive ideas and beliefs in my own daughter.

Beautiful Girl is a sweet and colourful little book (whimsically illustrated by French artist Aurélie Blanz) and is based on the idea that our female bodies are connected with nature, just like a garden. It helps young girls from the ages of approximately 4 to 8, to understand the importance of treating themselves with gentle care and how changes are just a part of growing up. Dr Northrup wants girls to develop an unshakeable belief that they were born whole and perfect, and nothing can alter that…

When little girls grow up knowing that their bodies are perfect and miraculous, they are far more likely to grow into happy and healthy adult women.

I have to admit that I tend to get a tear in my eye when I read this book to Sophie. It’s simple, beautiful and it’s message so powerful. It’s the start of a much longer and more complicated conversation we will have as the years progress, but in my view, it’s a positive start.

Even though we may be disguised as mothers, aunts, sisters or grandmothers, there is a beautiful girl inside each and every one of us and we need to embrace the message, not only to become whole and happy ourselves, but also to become the shining examples our little girls need us to be.

I’d love you to share any ideas or what you are doing now to help set strong future foundations for health and body image for your little ones?

Happy 4th Birthday, little one!

4 Responses to “Beautiful Girl”

  • Sarah:

    I love this! Funnily enough me and the boss were talking about this today!

  • Charmaine:

    Well done Nicole and Pascal for continuing the quest for holistic health. Nic thankyou for this book I had not heard of it and will hunt it out for my little princess. may our girls know the friendships that we have, loving, accepting and lasting.

    • Nicole:

      Thanks so much for reading Charmaine! We do like to remind people every now and again that good health is not only about just the food, or just the exercise but the ‘complete package’ (including how we feel about ourselves). Love to your little princess xx