Saturday, January 07, 2012

10 Tips for Fostering Girl's Self-Esteem

  • Let her know that her opinions count and that she is valued for her contributions to family, school, and community.
  • Praise her efforts, achievements, and perseverance more often than her appearance.
  • Encourage communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills; these equip her with genuine solutions to life’s challenges.
  • Prepare her for normal growth spurts in height and weight during puberty.
  • Explain that we don’t have infinite control over our bodies, which resist manipulation through dieting and over exercising.
  • Promote positive female friendships; discourage competition or comparisons based on weight or appearance.
  • Encourage her to diversify friendships so she is better prepared to weather the normal ebb and flow in relationships
  • Increase responsibilities such as volunteering, dog walking, or independent financial decisions in order to foster self-worth.
  • Consume media together and teach her to question what she reads, views, and hears.
  • Point out the strengths and the beauty of women of all sizes and diverse appearances.
These tips originally appeared in print in Alive Magazine (July, 2008)  as part of a longer article I wrote titled Moms Matter Most for Self-Esteem

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