5 Tips for Raising Confident Girls

ConfidentGirlsWe are still riding the wave of energy and inspiration from last week’s Generation WOW—are you? Today’s girls have the opportunity to impact change—not only in their own lives, but in the lives of every single person in this world.

Demonstrate Confidence in Who You Are
Generation WOW speaker Dr. Robyn Silverman: “We can always get better, however, in order for children to celebrate who they are, we need to show that confidence doesn’t start “5 pounds from now,” “2 more wins on top of this one,” or “1 more possession than I have today.” We must continue to strive while being happy with how far we’ve come at the same time.” (via The POWerful Parent Blog)


Tell Her You Believe in Her
Samantha Ettus: “I interviewed 75 guests from Al Roker to Dylan Lauren. All were super successful in dramatically different fields and all had one thing in common – parents who told them repeatedly that they could achieve anything they set their minds to.” Tell your daughters, your nieces, the wonderful girl next door how that you believe in her every single chance you get. (via Forbes.com)


Encourage Assertiveness
Chris Woolston: “Teach your daughter to express her needs to adults and stand her ground with her peers. If another child is being mean to her, encourage her to say, ‘I don’t like the way you are talking to me.’” (via BabyCenter)


Tell Her She’s Beautiful
Dr. Karen Ruskin: “Comment on her choice to create something beautiful rather than just being beautiful.” It’s not about ignoring a girl’s appearance, it’s about talking about it in a way that “compliments her mind.” (via Care.com)


Help Her Feel Capable
Rachel Simmons: “Think about small moments for her to contribute to the family. I don’t mean chores here, but little ways you might need her help: anything from ordering the takeout to calling the plumber. These experiences give her the chance to develop new skills, exercise her independence and be recognized for her contribution to the family.” (via Today Parents)


What tips do you have for raising confident girls?



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