A Focus Series

Identity, self-worth and body image

The foundations of healthy self-esteem in kids
Inside this Series

The worldly culture that surrounds our kids is a harsh critic. Societal voices assail them with twisted messages about how they should look, how they should behave and what they should strive for. Beneath it all is a grim subliminal message: Meet our standards and you're worth something. If you don't match up, you don't matter much.

We have the best news to share with our kids that they will ever hear: Their true worth has already been decided by the ruler of the universe, who knows them for who they really are. He says they have value beyond measure, and that they are dearly loved by him. The challenge for us, as parents, is to figure out how to help our kids take that message to heart, and grasp that God’s standards are the only standards that matter. Browse the resources below to find help for your discussions with your child.

The foundations of self-esteem



Positive self-image in the teen years



Issues for teen girls


Recommended resources

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture by Meg Meeker

Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace by Terra Mattson

Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Dannah Gresh


Beauty and body confidence



Modesty and clothing battles


Recommended resources

LifeLoveAndGod.com - A website for teen girls hosted by Jessie Minassian

Backwards Beauty by Jessie Minassian

Reflect: Discovering the Beauty, Worth, and Wonderfulness of You by Vicki Courtney

He Numbered the Pores On My Face by Scarlet Hiltibidal

Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace by Terra A. Mattson

Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants by Lynn Cowell

Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders by Gregory L. Jantz


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