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Why we should tell girls they’re ‘beautiful’ less often

For the past few months, getting my 5-year-old daughter, Emma, dressed in the morning has been a grueling ordeal. She hovers over her open dresser drawers, rapidly pulling shorts and shirts out only to immediately dismiss them.

“I have no good clothes,” she’ll announce. I stood by recently as she inspected herself in the mirror. “No! This doesn’t look pretty,” she wailed, pulling fiercely at her skirt. “I don’t look beautiful!” I took in her angst, and felt close to tears myself.

It dawned on me that Emma, my almost-kindergartner, is obsessed with her appearance. She hates to wear sneakers because she doesn’t think they complement her attire; she can spend 15 minutes adjusting a headband; she asks constantly about getting pierced ears.Read the entire article on The Boston Globe