My sister-in-law is planning to undergo elective plastic surgery after her second child is born. I love and support her in whatever she chooses to do but we have different values in regards to this topic. She’s in the beauty industry and my husband and I tend to steer clear of a lot of the mainstream pressure that industry puts on people.
My daughter is three years old and she’s very close to her aunt and hopefully always will be. But my truth is this: I want to help my daughter grow up feeling confidence that has nothing to do with her appearance. I never want her to feel like she isn’t beautiful enough by society’s standard. I want her to be so excited about her life and all the amazing things she’s going to do that undergoing a similar procedure wouldn’t even enter her mind.
How do I explain that to my little girl in a way that can be used as a teaching moment and not offend someone we love so dearly? — Anonymous