These lovely teen girls from a recent family shoot bring to mind an article currently trending - How to Talk to Little Girls - suggesting we hold back on telling little girls they're beautiful. I can't comprehend. You mean I shouldn't tell my glassy-eyed 8yr old that I can see the whole world in her beautiful blues? Her uncle shouldn't gush that she's the prettiest thing he's ever seen? Her papa shouldn't exclaim she's as pretty as the sun?
While I agree that praise of beauty is not the only thing we should be lavishing, I do believe our girls need to be showered with you're beautiful's, how lovely's and hello gorgeous's! The more we show them otherwise - through unrealistic and otherwise negative media portrayals - the more we need to feed them truth.
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are interested in this subject matter, there is a great read, Captivating by Stacey and John Eldredge, written on love and beauty from a spiritual perspective. It will leave you tipping barista's with praises and telling store clerks they are lovely. Have a beautiful day and leave some love for the girls, won't you?