It can be heartbreaking for moms to watch their child suffer through depression or low self esteem. But there are ways to help. Join Better to find out the best ways to boost your self confidence and, in turn, help out those struggling family memb...
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Audra Lowe: It can be heartbreaking for mom’s to watch their teen daughter suffer from low self-esteem, but there are ways to help. As part of her honor, the growth program, teen expert Dr. Jen is helping mom’s boost their own self-confidence which will in turn help them empower their daughters as well. Female: You’re not going to like your pee, no. Audra Lowe: It may look like all fun and games in this Westchester home, but this mom’s are actually learning important lessons about life, love, and self-esteem. Dr. Jenny: Because you guys are the frontline defense, believe it or not, for your daughters. Audra Lowe: It’s all part of Honor the Girl, a program created by life coach Dr. Jen, who has written several self-help books for teens including her latest, Laid or Loved. With Honor the Girl, Dr. Jen helps to teach mom’s how to raise confident, happy teenage girls. Dr. Jen: It’s really hard to grow up these days, parents feel overwhelmed and under skilled, and or they’re deferent, and the teen girls kind of just seem to be falling to the cracks and lots of areas. As mothers, we put everybody else’s needs first— Audra Lowe: And Dr. Jen’s theory is simple, build self-esteem in the mom’s and they’ll be able to empower their daughters in turn. Dr. Jen: You can’t really reach out and love another human being or show another human being respect, unless you know what that feels like inside of yourself. Audra Lowe: At Honor the Girl parties, moms join together for self-esteem building activities, for example, in this one they outline each other on big sheets of paper, and then illustrate their most positive and negative traits. Dr. Jen: I really want you to dig deep and think about all the things that you love about yourself. You have crayons, you’ve got a glue stick, and there are all sorts of sparkly glitters— Female: I have my inner princess on the tab because I truly love comfort, and including body treatments and lots of pillows. Female: This is representing my crazy mind a dozens— Audra Lowe: Another activity has them using colorful foam wrap to bandage their emotional wounds. Dr. Jen: What hurts me is, I grew up with a very negative message that I would never melt anything, that was the way my parents disciplined me. So that’s still one of those messages that I still feel like right here. You want to help my wound? Female: Sure! I will. Dr. Jen: Okay. Female: Music is passion in me. Audra Lowe: They talk about making time for things that are important. Dr. Jen: So everyday you wake up, it’s a conscious choice to decide. What are you going to fill your life up with? You’re going to fill up with the sand and the grit, I’m encouraging you to make the most room for that which you truly want to honor and hold on to, instead of this. Female: I just jumped from my own couch. Audra Lowe: And remind each other about the importance of letting loose and having fun. Dr. Jen: When you’re playing, your brain actually does something really amazing. Five pulses of serotonin go racing down under on, and eventually it’s used to stay in the novelty to start growing in neuronal pathways. So it really grows your brain, and guess what we don’t have enough of but it just— And guess what our teen daughter don’t have enough— Audra Lowe: Dr. Jen saids moms leave these parties feeling good about themselves and ready to share what they’ve learned with their daughters back home. Dr. Jen: We’re going to honor our little girl, and we’re going to honor our daughters, right? [Crowd]: Okay! Dr. Jen: Okay! One, two, three. Audra Lowe: In addition to the Honor the Girl program, Dr. Jen also worked with teen girls directly, hosting self-esteem, bulding—

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