We're keeping our fingers crossed here at iBbeautiful that we've just seen the last of this winter's snow. What a doozy! But before we move into our springtime April box, let's take a moment to look back at our last box's theme: be yourself.
As moms, it's easy for us to see our daughters as the beautiful, unique girls they are. Unfortunately, it's not as easy for them! With social media sites playing a larger and larger role in their lives, our tweens and teens get bombarded on a daily basis.
So many ideas and images are just a finger-tap away: "If you look like this, you'll be beautiful!" they say. "Act this way and you'll have more friends!" Or, perhaps worst of all, "Think and feel like this and you'll be normal - and normal is good."
Of course, as parents (and as adults!) we've been through this before. We know, to an extent, that so many of those statements are false. Being different is what makes us unique - and we want the best for our girls! But it can be downright hard for them to figure out who to listen to, let alone who to be.
Some of the products we included in the February/March box really hit home with that. The message with the iBbeautiful lip balm - that it's our smiles that make us beautiful, not any amount of makeup we wear - is my personal favorite. The earring cards encourage us to keep big ideas like love, beauty, and faith in mind as we go about our day.
But it's the product statement and the t-shirt that sum it up best:
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are." - Kurt Cobain
This month, those of us here at iBbeautiful really encourage you to talk with your daughters. Be it while they're opening their boxes, relaxing after a long day at school, or taking them to their next practice, game, or party - ask them questions. Encourage them to talk. Help them find what makes them unique, and support them as they try and figure it out!
Whether they end up appreciating it is, unfortunately, another matter entirely. It's a long, hard road for our daughters, and for us. But helping them learn to be themselves in the process is a road filled with surprises and joy as well.
No matter where you are, we hope that all of you have a wonderful spring, and remember:
Be unique. Be happy. Be you.