7 ways to raise strong, confident daughters

Empower your daughter to become a real-life super girl who can achieve anything she wants.

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We all want our kids to grow up to be strong young and confident adults who believe that they can accomplish anything they want to.

However, young girls often think otherwise these days ― believing that boys are stronger, and given more opportunities, and that girls often take on the submissive or passive role.

Just take a look at most fairy tales ― the prince is often the hero, while the female is usually a helpless girl waiting to be rescued. 

In a study published in the journal Science, girls as young as 6 were less likely to believe that the female gender is brilliant. Because of this gender stereotype, girls at this age are more likely to shy away from activities targeted at children who are "really, really smart”.

Take the Harvey Weinstein scandal, for instance, which has rocked the entertainment industry in recent months. The lesson to be learned here is the importance of not just empowering young women to assert themselves and stand up for the truth, but also, to teach males to respect them for their abilities and achievements?

Girls as young as 6 were found to be less likely to believe that the female gender is brilliant.

To empower our little girls, it’s important to teach them that their character is what matters, as well as their achievements and personal beliefs, and not their dress size, or how flawless their skin is.

We outline the best ways to raise a strong and confident girl from young.

1. Be body positive
As her mum, you are your daughter’s best example of a self-confident, powerful woman. Use positive words and look after yourself because you have an important role to play in raising an assertive young woman.

Avoid saying things like you wished you were slimmer, or that you’ve put on so much weight since having kids. Instead, eat well, exercise, look after your body and tell your daughter that you are doing so because you want to be healthy and strong.

2. Recognise your own strengths
Women are often their own greatest enemies ― it’s not uncommon for mothers to be really hard on themselves. You gripe that you aren’t able to keep a clean home, are falling behind on your chores, can’t pack the perfect organic lunchbox for your kids, or that you suck at your job.

Utter these self-depreciating comments only when your little girl isn’t around. Instead, let her know that you are proud of being good at your job, for being able to balance motherhood, and for having your own interests and hobbies. Let her see a mum who is confident in her own abilities and strengths. Since you are her role model, she’ll learn to recognise her own immense potential.