Most moms think of their daughters as little angels who fill their lives with happiness and love. So before someone from the outside world tells her about things that might be wrong with her, why not take responsibility as a mother and ensure that she grows up to be the beautiful, confident, empowered woman that you want her to become?
Here’s a list of little things that’ll create a profound impact on her in the long run:
1. Be confident in yourself
It’s true that children learn from their parents, and daughters often pattern themselves after their mothers. So you need to make sure that you always portray yourself as a confident woman, even if you’re not.
2. Watch what you say
Children carefully observe things, so what you say might leave a deep impact on their perception. So before you decide to make comments about her weight or her fashion sense, think twice!
3. Complement her talents
Yes, she looks beautiful in that lovely pink dress, and that tiara makes her look like a perfect princess. But instead of complimenting her physical beauty, try telling her how good her drawing was, or how quickly she solved that math problem.
4. Ask for her opinion
Teach your daughter to have an opinion. Ask her about her favorite color or food. What does she think about that particular issue? These conversations will build her confidence level. However, don’t be afraid to disagree with her, so that she can learn how to defend her stance.
5. Do not force her
If your daughter doesn’t want to hug that clingy aunt or annoying uncle, then don’t force her. Little girls are forced into awkward hugs way more than boys, which can traumatize them. Instead, try letting them know that it’s okay to refuse, and they can always just shake hands or high-five.
6. Listen to her
When she comes to you with a problem (no matter how big or small it is), don’t just dismiss it by saying, “That wasn’t a big deal,” or, “You shouldn’t cry over such things.” Those statements can make her feel like what she was feeling is wrong, which might even stop her from coming to you in the future.
7. Teach her about money
When it comes to salaries and pensions, women are still lagging behind men. You can start overcoming this discrepancy by getting her involved in financial matters at an early age. Let her save for something she wants from her weekly allowance, and discuss her spending habits with her.
8. Try new things
Many of us earn confidence by learning a new skill or doing something we were initially afraid of. Teach your daughter to sometimes get out of her comfort zone and learn something new. When she struggles, remind her of times when she succeeded at doing something.
9. Expose her to real-life female role models
History is filled with remarkable women, such as Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale, and Mother Teresa. From these great women, your daughter can learn a lot about being strong.