We all want our daughters to become the super-girl we’ve always imagined them to be. We want them to live a life much better than we did – living a life full of confidence, empowerment, and a long list of accomplishments. That all sounds great, but how exactly do you teach your daughters empowerment? It’s harder than it sounds, right? There’s no handbook for raising a perfect daughter, but there are small ways to help guide her on the road to female empowerment. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to teach your daughters empowerment, from the early stages of life to her freshman year of college.
Focus on What’s Important
This may sound pretty obvious, but sometimes we don’t realize what we’re telling our kids is important. Instead of focusing on how she’s dressed or what she looks like, compliment how well she does her chores or how smart she is. There’s no shame in telling her she’s pretty, but focus on her intelligence, too!
Ask Her Opinion
Whether it’s asking her what she wants to wear or talking about vacation plans over dinner, include her in the conversation. Let her know that her opinion matters and she should voice it! Create confidence at home and teach her that she deserves to be heard.
Show Her Strength
Introduce her to strong role models, at home or beyond. Surround her by positive influences that will teach her more than words or books ever can. There are so many women dying to make an impact on young girls and so many opportunities to help your daughter learn and grow. You can even share some of your own role models or let her find her own!
Ease Her into Reality
While we wish we could shield our kiddos from all the bad stuff in the world, we can’t. We can’t keep them from the internet forever and we can’t stop them from seeing an ad and feeling bad about themselves. What we can do is try to prepare them in any way we can. Start by teaching your daughters to really think outside of the box and question why things are the way they are. Don’t take everything at face value and think about what others have to gain from their insecurities or discomfort. It won’t prevent insecurites, but it will help them see things that may be hard to see at surface level.
Teach Her Courage
Bravery is a key part of living a confident life! Showing our daughters that we can do things that scare us, that make us feel uncomfortable, is a huge lesson that most don’t learn until later in life. Facing your fears can be one of the most empowering and liberating things you can experience. Talk to your daughters about your own personal experiences or ask them about things that scare them and how they can overcome their fears!
Teach Her Self-Love Early
I’m a huge believer in self-affirmations and showing gratitude. Starting from a young age, set aside a few minutes every day to recite self-affirmations and things you’re grateful for. Teach your girls to recognize what they love about themselves, what they’re grateful for, and what makes them feel good about themselves. This is such an important lesson that some adults are still learning, but it’s so valuable to teach to our kiddos, young or old!
You don’t have to be a professional feminist to teach your daughters empowerment. Surround them by real, strong women and show them it’s okay to be confident and believe in yourself. What are some of your favorite tips to teaching your daughters empowerment? Let us know in the comments below!