Women have to work much harder to make it in this world.
We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.
I want my daughter to be an empowered, strong, independent leader. Confident girls grow up to feel secure in themselves. They’re powerful. They learn to take action, rather than waiting for someone to tell them what to do. They express themselves and their feelings confidently, while acknowledging the opinions and feelings of others in a kind and caring way.
This is who I am and this is who I want my daughter to be.
In a world that tells women to feel inferior to male counterparts, I feel it necessary to go above and beyond to help my daughter build the skills she needs to be confident and secure in herself. I want her to rule the world, but we have to get through grade school first. Here, the most useful tips a you can incorporate right now.
Raising Strong Daughters
Parenting advice from the experts at PBS.org
1. Let her have a voice in making decisions.
“Whenever possible, let her make constructive choices about her life. Let her choose her own clothes, within appropriate limits. Give her a voice in what after-school activities she participates in and how many she wants to do (as long as it works for the rest of the family, too). Remember that knowing what she cares about most will come from trying some things and finding she doesn’t like them, as well as from finding things she loves to do,” recommends Jane Katch, Ed.D., author of They Don’t Like Me.
2. Encourage her to solve issues on her own rather than fixing things for her.
“When parents take over, girls don’t develop the coping skills they need to handle situations on their own. Ask your daughter to consider three strategies she might use to deal with a situation, and then ask her about the possible outcomes. Let her decide what she wants to do (within reason). Even if you disagree with her choice, you give your daughter a sense of control over her life and show her that she is responsible for her decisions,” says Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out.
3. Listen more than you talk.
“When we talk to girls, they often experience it as us talking at them, and they not only stop listening, they stop thinking and reflecting. But when we listen to them, they have to think about what they are saying, and they tend to reflect more. And we need to keep an open dialogue — we can’t dismiss their chatter about ups and downs of friendship as trivial, and then expect them to talk to us about the important stuff,” says Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., co-author of Mom, They’re Teasing Me.
Pictured above: Me being a Super attentive mom and listening to my 5 year olds opinions. :/ LOL
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