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True Beauty - The Real Thing

Updated on March 27, 2012

Dear Maggie,

I am the mother of a beautiful little girl who is eight year’s old and I have noticed that she is starting to change physically. She is also beginning to compare herself to the images of beauty represented on television.  You and I know that the beauty we see there is not always real ... I want to teach her about real beauty ... inward beauty.  Can you give me some ideas about how to talk with her about the changes that are going on in her body?



Dear Tricia,

Thank you for honoring me by requesting advice on such a delicate matter. As a mother, I understand how difficult it is to discuss something so private yet important with your daughter. The physical changes that occur in the female body can be exciting and challenging at the same time. I recommend a book by American Girl, The Care & Keeping of YOU … The Body Book for Girls. It is a wonderful book that shares a lot of educational and fun information about the changes that occur in a little girl and how she can care for herself. I tell my little girl all of the time what the Bible says about her and I’d like to share it with you. I tell her that she is a gift and God made her special. I share with her the scripture that says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” [Psalms 139:14]

Raising a daughter is a challenge especially in today’s world where the beauty is represented by false images of airbrushed beauties. Everywhere our daughters turn they are seeing what the world portrays as beauty but true beauty goes beyond the surface to the inner person. I loved the show “True Beauty” where all the outwardly beautiful people were actually being judged not on their appearance but upon their true hearts as they relate to other people. I think the show did an excellent job of showing the importance of being beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. If you are ugly on the inside it mars any outward beauty that other people might see. The American Girl Magazine's are an awesome tool for teaching your daughter the value of being beautiful on the inside.  If we can instill in our daughters the importance of valuing inward beauty more than their outward appearance then we have won a great victory.

I hope that this advice will help. I am praying for you my fellow mother!

May “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” [Numbers 6:24-26]

In His Service!



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    • Precious Pearl profile image

      Precious Pearl 7 years ago

      Thank you Eiddwen! I so appreciate your comments. What a blessing!!

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for sharing this hub.

      Yes it is so true 'Beauty does come from within'

      I have only just come accross you on here and I am now looking forward to reading more of your work

      Take care


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      Precious Pearl 8 years ago

      Thank you DeBorrah, I love your hubs too! You are a true inspiration. I pray God will continue to bless you in your writing.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Precious Pearl, Nice thought provoking hub! Your daughter's beauty will shine forth even more, for you are instilling wonderful principles and the LOVE of God within her... True beauty comes from within! Please see my hub!

      Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      Precious Pearl 8 years ago

      Thank you prasetio30. I love my daughter. She is my most precious gift from God.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I believe that she is beautiful girl. So taking care her. I think you are great mother. thanks for share.

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      Precious Pearl 8 years ago

      I will certainly check out your hub. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. And thank you for your comments.

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Deep and valuable question here - and good answers to explore. If you like go to my 'beauty' hub and after the hub there a couple of great links to other hubbers pages on true beauty. They don't directly relate to your question about the child, but you already have good answers going there too.

      Keep writing, sharing. Your profile is wonderfully stated, and it is fantastic you have started to follow your dream!