It the simple day to day routines that play an important role in shaping our children’s view of themselves and the world around them. As parents, we want to surround our daughters with meaning in their lives that they can develop a strong sense of self-confidence in their abilities. Raising daughters with high self-esteem can be a daunting task, but as parents we have a great influence in both what we say and what we do.
From the time they are little and beyond graduating high school, we as parents need to take opportunities to help our daughter face challenges. We need to help them overcome obstacles and pursue their goals and dreams. Check out these ways you can raise your daughters with high self-esteem.
1. Tell your daughters you believe in them.
Our daughters need reassurance and praise from us. Your words will encourage them in more ways than you can imagine. Whether it is your daughter’s performance in school and at home always tell your daughter you believe in them.
2. Encourage them in activities.
When they have interest in activities, encourage them to try out. If your daughters don’t seem to have an interest in activities, try to find activities for them and encourage them at it. Be willing to cross gender lines when it comes to activities like sports.
3. Praise her for her ideas.
When she comes up with an idea praise her for her intelligence. When she uses her talents and skills, praise her for her abilities.
4. Let her make mistakes.
It’s natural for all of us to make mistakes, so although our daughters to make them. Encourage her to keep on trying. Our children will not learn and grow if we never allow them to make their own mistakes.
5. Don’t provide ready answers always.
While we always want to help our daughters right away with solving problems, this type of help can undermine them. Allow your daughter to do some problem solving on their own.
6. Become a media expert.
Keep your eye on the media and become a critic about it. Don’t expose your daughter to everything that’s in the media. Take a look at the way girls and women are portrayed on television, in magazines, books, and on the internet.