Growing up I remember asking my mom if I was pretty. Her reply back to me was "pretty is as pretty does". I hadn't thought about that line in years until I was reading with a my reading group kids.
I was reading the book Cindy Ellen (a Western version of Cinderella). For all the teachers out there the genre of the month is Fairy Tales, Tall Tales and Folk Tales so I was reading different versions of Cinderella. Cindy Ellen's fairy godmother told Cindy Ellen that "pretty is as pretty does". I told the group that I could make a "connection" to this story (yet another teacher term) because that's what my mom would tell me. A particularly sweet girl in the group raised her hand with a big smile on her face and said her mom had said the same thing!
Do other moms say this to their daughters? I hope so. It's amazing how many ads are out there and everything our kids are exposed to. What did your parents teach you about beauty?