Who would have thought that it could have been inspired by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman? Pretty Woman is one of my wife's favorite movies and when he ran into her this week he had to see her. What caught my attention was a moment in the film when Richard Gere was telling her how pretty and smart she was. Then he said something like he didn't understand why she couldn't see him. She said "it is easier to believe the bad".

That statement told me a lot. As a father with three daughters, I am always aware of my daughter's self-esteem. My wife is very good at taking care of her self-esteem. I try to say the right things, but I'm not up to it. We are fortunate to have three beautiful girls (inside and out). But I can't help but think of all the cute girls I met in high school who thought they were ugly. Back then, I just dropped it and assumed they'd just said that so they would hear someone say, "You're not ugly, you're pretty." Now that I'm older I can look back and see, depending on how some made decisions, they really thought they were ugly.

After all these years of Dateline reporting, news reporting, and other studies I've been exposed to, especially common sense stuff, I guess, low self esteem can make a young woman do things that aren't very pious. Low self-esteem is a tool that the devil uses against our teenagers to deceive them and make very bad decisions. How many teens have you met who have made really bad decisions with a guy who just doesn't make sense? I'll take a chance and say that 99% of those bad decisions are due to low self-esteem. Why? Why does someone so handsome need to feel so accepted by a child that he will do anything to win his approval?

The fact is, the devil will use only one thing to bring down a teenager. For some reason, no matter how good has been said about you and you, it only takes one bad thing to shake your self esteem. As Julia Roberts said "it is easier to believe the bad". This is why, as parents, we MUST tell our children how good, beautiful, or smart they are. Starting in the day, our children can understand what we say we should give them positive reinforcement. Because the day will come when some immature boy or girl will tell them "you are not as pretty as you think you are" or they will not win the starting position for which they have worked so hard. You can be guaranteed that there will be moments that will shake your child's self-esteem. It happened to me and I bet it happened to you. When that time comes, will there be enough good to make it at least harder to believe the bad?พริตตี้ 2020

Dad, your daughters MUST know (not just think or wonder) that you think they are the most beautiful girls in the world. They have to know that you believe in them. Mom and Dad, they have to know that when the chips are low, they have parents that they can go to help them and pray with them. You must teach them what it means to be "fearfully and wonderfully done" Psalm 139: 14. I know it is difficult, but we have to teach them that acceptance of God is the only acceptance they need. Dad, I know it's hard for us to compliment sometimes. I don't know why, it just is. But for the sake of your children, we must do a better job of congratulating them.

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After all these years of Dateline reporting, news reporting, and other studies I've been exposed to, especially common sense stuff, I guess, low self esteem can make a young woman do things that aren't very pious. Low self-esteem is a tool that the devil uses against our teenagers to deceive them and make very bad decisions. How many teens have you met who have made really bad decisions with a guy who just doesn't make sense? I'll take a chance and say that 99% of those bad decisions are due to low self-esteem. Why? Why does someone so handsome need to feel so accepted by a child that he will do anything to win his approval?