Katherine Heigl: I Want My Daughter To Know Her Worth

When actress Katherine Heigl recently stumbled upon an episode of Lifetime’s reality show Dance Moms, she was left “horrified” by the spectacle.

“I watched with open-mouthed amazement as girls as young as seven were encouraged to dress provocatively and shimmy around a stage doing a dance performance that could just as easily been a burlesque routine. I kept thinking all these girls were missing is a pole!” the 27 Dresses star, who is mom to 3-year-old daughter Naleigh, writes in her latest iVillage post.

Despite being in show business herself, Katherine says that she worries about the impact that these types of reality shows and other beauty-obsessed media have on young girls.

“I believe a significant part of my role as a mother to a daughter is to shelter and build up her self-esteem,” she writes, adding, “My hope is that Josh and I will help Naleigh find her strengths, support, inspire, applaud, and shelter her as she succeeds and fails in them and work diligently and persistently to build and protect her fragile self-worth — because it is fragile and in the world we live in today, it doesn’t seem to be enough of a priority for our young women.”

Reinforcing a sense of self-worth in their daughter is very clearly a task that the former Grey’s Anatomy star and her husband Josh Kelley take seriously.

“It breaks my heart that the task of raising well-rounded, happy young adults has been made to be so very challenging, but I will rise to the challenge because Naleigh deserves the same shot at living up to her potential as I got,” Katherine insists. “My mother taught me strength, courage, discipline, and faith so I will rely on those lessons now to teach my daughter the same.”

Read Katherine Heigl’s entire post at iVillage.com

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  • Anonymous

    Amen sister! Great mom

  • SMH

    I think the dance teacher on Dance Mom’s is nasty, horrible and mean spirited. The mom’s sometimes are just as bad.

    And I love every bit of it!!!!!! LOL

    It’s reality TV which if people haven’t figured out by now 90% of it’s staged – it may not be scripted but there is def a guideline that is followed!
    KH sounds like a good mama and I think Naleigh will be just fine 🙂

    • Flowergiirl

      Yes it’s a reality show, but young girls watch it (which astounds me that moms allow that) and they are learning it’s acceptable to be belittled and ridiculed.
      Many of the reality shows are not specifically targeting young children therefore any sane parent would never even dream of letting their kids tune in.

      However dance moms appeals to young girls particularly became it deals with theatrics, makeup and sparkly costumes. By glorifying this Abby woman- girls are being pre programmed to think her atrocious behavior is warranted.

      I agree with you- it’s 100% scripted and has its “enjoyable” moments for the mere shock value-but more thought should be put into who exactly they are marketing their programs for

      • Anonymous

        I have a friend who watches it with her 5 yr old. They think it’s such fun:(
        Totally agree with you its a disgrace and the producers should be ashamed.

  • Flowergiirl

    Really great blog piece. Agree wholeheartedly. She may have been a bit of a diva in the past but there is no denying she is a devoted mom to her daughter, and that’s the only thing that really matters.

  • Kate O

    The ivillage blog has really shown me that she seems to be a real, honest down-to-earth woman & mom. When she left Greys anatomy it left a sour taste in alot of peoples mouths with all the rumours about her being a nasty person. Either this is excellent PR or she is a genuinely kind person!

    • Anonymous9

      It’s excellent PR. Her last couple of movies have tanked and she’s trying to save a career.

      • Anonymous

        The worldwide gross for her last 5 movies were:

        Life as We Know It = $105M
        Killers = $98M
        The Ugly Truth = $205M
        27 Dresses = $160M
        Knocked Up = $219M

        You could only play that your career tanks as much as hers has.

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