The world is changing -especially when it comes to gender equality and the advancement of women. While there is still much work to be done on society’s and the media’s part, a large part of how our girls view themselves depends on the messages they receive from their parents.
Girls are particularly impressionable and even seemingly subtle remarks or behaviors can affect their self esteem in the long term. Here are few ways you can encourage positive self-esteem in your daughter.
Show Positive Self Image
Self-deprecating comments about your own appearance, intelligence, weight or abilities can set the tone for how your daughter sees herself. This is especially true if mothers criticize their own weight or call themselves “fat.” Showing your daughter you love yourself teaches her to love herself, too.
Speak Kindly of Others
Mean girl behavior (a result of low self esteem) is a learned habit; children of critical, gossipy parents often become that way themselves. Raising kind, confident daughters starts with you. Avoid gossip or criticism of others in front of your children.
Emphasize Intelligence & Abilities Over Physical Appearance
Highlight your daughter’s talents, intelligence and abilities over her appearance. Start conversations about different body types and appearances, showing her that beauty, success, and health comes in all shapes and sizes.
For more tips on building your daughter’s self esteem, check out the infographic below, courtesy of our friends at Dove.