Raise Girls With Healthy Self-Esteem

It’s not easy to raise girls with a healthy self-esteem and that’s where the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem wants to help out. They’re providing suggestions for activities for women (especially mothers) to spend time with girls this coming weekend, October 22th – October 24th. These suggestions can be used as starting points for ongoing activities to help boost a girl’s self-esteem and teach women how to raise daughters to feel confident.

Here are some suggestions for mothers on raising girls with a healthy self-esteem (these can be used with teachers, mentors, etc.) :

  1. Speak positively about yourself. When a girl hears her mother put herself down because of her appearance, she is more likely to model that behavior.
  2. Provide all types of activities for your daughter. Don’t stereotype and think that basketball or science is for boys. Let your daughter follow her dreams and her heart.
  3. Encourage your daughter to speak up for herself. That doesn’t mean she can back talk or be rude, but that she can handle situations where her beliefs are questioned or she is put down by others.
  4. Spend quality time together. We’ve heard this many times, but do we do it? Let your daughter decide what she wants to do with you. Here’s where the different activities come into play. Have fun! Talk about something serious. Watch a football game together. Cook a meal. Watch a movie and then discuss it.
  5. Listen to your daughter. When she speaks, drop what you’re doing and look at her. Let her know that she can tell you anything and mean it.
  6. Don’t put expectations on her. We say we want the best for our daughters, but that is often our perception of what is best for them. Allow her to live “up to her full potential”. (per the Dove Movement For Self-Esteem)
  7. Tell and show your daughter that you love her. Do it often.
  8. Compliment your daughter about her values, her abilities and when she puts effort into something.
  9. Teach your daughter about female role models that are not based on beauty alone, but don’t judge her if she is a fan or looks up to someone who is a fashion model for example. Talk about it and get to know what interests her in that person.
  10. Share with your daughter what it felt like when your body changed at puberty (when it is age appropriate). Discuss your feelings and allow her to talk about hers as well as ask questions.

Dove has done research about why the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend is so powerful in helping girls gain the confidence they deserve (“Rebuilding the Foundation of Beauty Beliefs”)

The top wish among all girls is for their parents to communicate better with them which includes more frequent and more open conversations as well as discussions about what is happening in their own lives.

When girls feel bad about their looks more than 70% (age 15 to 17) avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, going to the doctor, or even giving their opinion.

Take one hour of your time to join us during the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend for an activity with a special girl in your life. Add your event to the calendar and get ideas about what you can do to help raise girls with healthy self-esteem.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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