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Choose Your Words Wisely
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," is actually not a very accurate adage. Words are powerful, so use language that will build up your child's confidence. Your encouragement and support will help shape her into a poised and self-possessed woman.
Cheer Her On
Defy Gender Roles
Challenge gender stereotypes! Let your daughter help fix the kitchen sink and have your son help fix dinner. Resist only signing her up for activities that are traditionally considered to be "feminine." Encourage her to pursue her interests wherever they lie.
Empower your child to explore her interests without limiting the scope. Chemistry? Photography? Engineering? Whatever her interest, your daughter will benefit from looking into a variety of subjects and fields to find her passion. Finding her niche will also bolster her self-confidence.
Encourage Her to Stand Up for Herself
Embolden your daughter to be vocal about what she wants and needs instead of looking to please others. Finding worth in others' approval is a sure path to low self-esteem. Encourage her to be proud of herself and handle any peers' belittling firmly and respectfully.
Be a Role Model
You can't do much to prevent your child from encountering discouraging situations, but you can reinforce her self-esteem by incorporating these strategies into your daily interactions.
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