Kids: Who do you see in that mirror?

"Mirror, mirror, on my desk, am I really that grotesque?"

According to several recent surveys of teens, it seems that almost half of you feel that you are anything but special, unique, or beautiful. Now I know life is difficult, and most of you deal with self-image issues on a daily basis.  And, I know there are people who constantly tell you that you should do more, be more, feel more, and succeed more. All of that is well and good as long as you don't buckle under the pressure and start to feel that you will never live up to expectations. But maintaining a positive self image and realizing just how beautiful you really are is important. 

What's a self-image?To put it simply, it's the picture of yourself that you carry in your mind. It's what you think and feel about yourself. It's the person you think you see in the mirror every day. Well I am here to tell you that you are beautiful inside and out.  But you need to tell yourself that, too.  How can you change that image from grotesque to gorgeous? Here are four ideas. If you have other ideas, let me know. Send me an email to, and let me know what you do to remind yourself just how important you are. 

  • Make a list of all your positive qualities. Yes, you have them. Are you kind? Are you smart? Do you help other kids? Do you help your brothers or sisters? Put all of that down.
  • List your strengths. Do you work well with others? Do you read books? Do you illustrate comic strips? Are you a good listener? Are you responsible?  Can you spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
  • List your hobbies or things you like to do.
  • Make a picture collage of you from birth until now. Pick out funny pictures, happy pictures, school pictures, family pictures, vacation pictures, any picture that makes you smile when you look at it. Pin it on the back of your bedroom door so you see it every day. It will help you see the real you. The fun you. The Happy you. The Family you. The Beautiful you.

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