Jul 29

Teaching our Kids About Beauty

2013 at 1:59 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

As mothers it can feel like a wave of worldly, distorted messages about beauty has been ominously rising, only to crash on our heads just as we try to get our mothering feet wet.

The pressure on young girls to conform to an ideal mold of physical beauty is so much more intense than a generation ago. The beguiling voice of the seductive woman is so much louder and more enticing to young men than it used to be.

We mothers can feel helpless in the face of this cultural tsunami. It saturates the music in the mall, it’s splashed on the front of graphic T’s and TV screens, and it soaks through the whispers of kids from school.

How then do we raise our children in this world of beauty gone bad? How can we possibly lift our daughters above the rising tide of destructive messages about beauty from our culture? How can we hope to rescue our sons from the temptation to seek a false ideal of physical beauty?

Take heart, dear mothers. We may feel helpless, but God has promised to help us: “Fear not, for I am with you; be notdismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you” (Isa.41:10).

The beauty of grace that has overwhelmed our own hearts through the gospel of Jesus Christ has lost none of its power. Our Savior can do for our children as he did for us. So we pray with hope, hope in God to open the eyes of the hearts of our children to the dazzling beauty of Jesus Christ.

But our parental prayers, as we know, are meant to issue is faithful action. So over the next few weeks here at girltalk, we will consider a few age-appropriate strategies for teaching our children a biblical perspective of beauty.