Raising an Emotionally Healthy Daughter
Self-esteem building needs to start early on – well before your daughter hits high school. Yes, the social and emotional stresses of the teen years compound, making confidence-building a challenge. That doesn’t mean low self-esteem is waiting until adolescence to pop out. It’s building from a young age. This means you need to start reinforcing your child’s positive self-esteem from the beginning so they can be emotionally healthy from the start.
As she grows building an emotionally healthy sense of self-esteem doesn’t always look the same at every age. Keep in mind, your daughter needs your love, support and guidance as she grows. How can you do this at different ages during different stages?
During the first few years encourage curiosity and persistence. Instead of handing her toys or constantly ‘doing’ things for your daughter, let her experience the world for herself – with you right behind her, at a close distance. If she can’t get one block to stay stacked on top of the first, encourage her to try and try again until she gets it right.
As your daughter moves into the preschool and early grade school years, continue inspiring her to succeed. Let her take control of her own successes (which sometimes means letting her fail). When she fails, and she will (everyone does), let her know that you’re proud of her hard work and encourage her to persist in proving herself. This can also include setting goals. This means getting real and creating goals that are achievable. From conquering the climber on the playground to getting an ‘A’ on an algebra exam and on to getting that dream job, your daughter’s goals will always grow and go with her! Kudos to you, raising Queens!
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