It’s obvious that girls today need positive role models. There are many strong women in the spotlight – especially in Hollywood. However, those aren’t necessarily the women we want our daughters looking up to. How do we encourage our girls to be strong leaders without relying on women in the spotlight?
- Remind her, often, that she’s capable of anything. Too often, little girls get the messages that they’re limited in some capacity. Instead, let your daughter know there are many options for her. The future is only limited by her dreams!
- Encourage playing with boys. Boys are often natural-born leaders. In addition, our daughters can benefit from learning to be in platonic relationships with boys.
- Independence. It’s important that our daughters are raised to be independent, think independently, and able to live an independent life in the future. Though many may one day enjoy the happiness of marriage, we should encourage them to invest in and develop a future that may not include a husband. Whether they choose to attend college, start their own business, work a job, or be a mommy we should teach them the life skills to enable them to do those things. Learning how to pay bills, change the oil in the car, mow the grass, fix a leaky faucet are all skills that will simply help them one day to live independently.
- Teach her about female role models. Help her to understand that beauty is only skin deep, and female role models should be women who exhibit courage yet compassion and inner beauty. Does your daughter have positive female role models already? Do you know why your daughter looks up to those role models? There’s only one way to know for sure: just ASK her!