Kids have a natural gift for being able to relate and respond to the essence of individuals.
Judging by physical appearance alone is such a negative burden.
Even though I am a born optimist, and even though I have complete confidence that the younger generations will strive to make good the mess others have created, there are things that concern me. Things that all too often remain below the radar.
This morning I read this article. It highlights research findings by Girlguiding, into the pressures on young girls, to look perfect.
The following quoted figures are shocking.
559 seven – ten-year-olds took part in the survey:
36% said they were made to feel the most important thing about them was their looks
38% felt they were not pretty enough
35% agreed women were judged more on their appearance than their abilities
23% felt they needed to be perfect
The pressure to appear perfect is, no less a burden for boys, I’m sure.
The School of Life have produced an excellent animation that examines the ‘Perfectionist Trap’. It’s less than 4 minutes long, and well worth watching.