Recently I ran across an article written by a mommy-blogger named Amanda King, later submitted to the blog community Offbeat Families, and then re-posted on Huffington Post entitled "I am beautiful, girls". It's written by a mother, reflecting upon herself, and the realization that her children will most likely think of themselves as adults as she thinks of herself currently, or at least how she tells them that she feels. As a result, she's begun to tell them that she knows she's beautiful, while at the same time attempting to convince herself that she feels it.
This article resonated deeply with me. In fact, not only did I share immediately using a social networking tool, I printed the article and hung it on the wall in my office. While I've long understood it to be true, that children learn by observation, the next time my son tells me how pretty I look, I'm going to agree with him instead of just saying "Thank you".
Definitely, go read or reread this post.