|The Artist with Her Daughter - Vigee-LeBrun - Public Domain|
I saw a mother-daughter pair at the grocery store the other day and could not help but notice the difference between them. At the same time, I realized that the beautiful mother must have looked almost exactly like her daughter when she was her daughter's age: wild red hair, freckles, a body somewhat chubby but not significantly overweight. She reminded me of a young Deruchette. What really caught my attention, though, was the resentment-filled look the daughter gave her mother when the mother's back was turned.
The daughter was jealous of her mother.
I wondered what mom could have done to help her daughter to feel better about herself. It likely would be helpful if a daughter could talk about her feelings of insecurity, so keeping communication open remains vital. I perceive that showing the daughter photographs of herself as a young woman might help, too. Sometimes daughters believe that their mothers never experienced an awkward phrase.
A buying trip to a skin care and makeup counter,; a session with a hairdresser who knows how to cut coarse, curly hair; appropriate diet and exercise: all of these would help with whatever insecurities a daughter feels about her looks.
What would matter most, though, it seems to me, is knowing that mom loves her daughter unconditionally and completely.
As always, I hope that my little woman-to-woman ideas have helped.