By Amy Chen & Cameo Bobo
Parenting takes an especially difficult turn when your daughter's self-esteem takes a nosedive from criticism, bullying, unrealistic ads, and more. But being her cheerleader doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Read on to learn how to help her know she is FAWM - Fearfully And Wonderfully Made - each and every day!
Your daughter learns self-confidence, or its opposite, by observing what you say to yourself, herself, and others. Instead of voicing your or someone else’s flaws, express qualities you like about your own body and compliment others.
Did you know that only 5% of American women are naturally built like a fashion model? Watch Dove’s “The Evolution of Beauty” video with your daughter and and start a discussion around advertising and Photoshop.
Research shows that playing sports decreases the likelihood of bad body-image. Other options include music, dance, theatre, and more. When your daughter builds skills in an environment where appearance is a low priority, she’ll be less inclined to worry about her looks.
Offer your daughter a say in small family matters, such as what dessert to have one night. When she observes that her suggestion was heard and that her opinion matters, she will be more apt to use her voice in the future.
Make sure your daughter’s entertainment consists of child-friendly books, movies, and TV shows that teach important and positive messages. If applicable, make sure your native culture is well-represented, which is known to boost children’s self-esteem.
Express your love for her daily and make yourself approachable when she has questions, especially about sensitive topics. If she feels comfortable speaking freely at home, she’ll feel more confident in the classroom, at her extracurriculars, and beyond.
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