How to Raise a Confident Daughter
With cyber bullying, sexy tween stars and an ever-present pressure to be thin, real moms talk about bringing up girls in today's world.
6. Be Brave Together
It's never too early to give your daughter a hands-on lesson in standing up for herself. Kati, mom to Ani, 7, ad Zoë, 6, says, "Recently, women's rights protestors were arrested for sitting on our state capitol steps, so I took the girls with other moms and kids to have a 'picnic-in' protest. A bunch of cops with riot gear came. We talked to the kids about doing things that can be a little bit scary because they are the right thing to do. We tried to do it in a child appropriate way, and it was really empowering for them. We rode the bus there and talked about Rosa Parks and the teenager who inspired her actions."
7. Just Do Something
Anne saw her 6-year-old daughter, Emma, start to lose her confidence due to some schoolyard bullying. So she decided to take the bullying by the horns and fight it on several levels. "I orchestrated playdates with the girls who were kind to her, and to boost confidence, I signed her up for Odyssey of the Mind (an educational program that teaches creative problem solving). After a month of fun practice, she was able to speak in public and work in teams; it really helped her be less shy. And next year she's starting tae kwon do!"