Developing Self-Esteem In Girls
Developing self-esteem in girls is so important to begin at a young age, because that foundation is something you carry with you throughout your whole life. Self-esteem not only affects the way we see ourselves but it can also play a role in the goals we set for ourselves and our ability to achieve those goals.
We live in a tough day and age as photoshop and filters prevail. This idea of “perfection” is something girls think is obtainable because they see it in magazines or on the television screen, but let’s be realistic, it’s not.
It’s important to shows girls their self-worth from a young age. Of course, it’s important to show boys as well, but especially in today’s world girls become more subject to low self-esteems. This stems from a young age.
Girls see this false image of perfection, whether it be in a Disney movie or their favorite fashion doll, it creates a sense of desire to obtain the unobtainable. Now we’re not saying, don’t let your daughter watch her favorite fairy movie or play with dolls, but it’s important to establish real beauty versus what we see on TV.
Real beauty is what’s on the inside. Having a kind heart, being honest, brains. This is what matters. Beauty can go far, but brains can go even farther!
- Every day tell your daughter how proud of her you are!
- Sometimes we forget what an impact acceptance plays in self-esteem
- The way we see our child becomes the way they see themselves, as long as you remember to remind them how special they are
- Avoid using terms that speak negatively about outer appearance like “fat” or “ugly”
- According to the NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) website “40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life.”
- Starting negativity spreads negativity
- Drop comparisons
- Once we start comparing ourselves to others we tend to lose sight of all the great qualities we possess
- Try to not compare your daughter to others
- Be active
- There is no doubt that leading an active life is both beneficial for the body and mind, starting this at a young age is important
- Plan date days doing things that your daughter enjoys
- Setting aside time during our hectic lives to enjoy quality time with your daughter will help boost their self-esteem
- It’s so important to teach young girls that their voice matters
- Taking the time to hear what your daughter has to say will help develop her self-worth at a young age
- Give them freedom to make choices
- Don’t become a helicopter when parenting
- Of course it’s important to teach her but let her make certain decisions for herself, on their own
- Making wrong decisions is how we learn
- Encourage her dreams
- Young girls are capable of anything!
- Remind them of that
We love the Always campaign from a couple years ago #LikeAGirl empowering young women to believe in their ability. No one should feel hindered in their capabilities because of their sex. Check out this video:
And this from GoldieBlox “A toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally.” :
Remember, Girls Rule!