Raising confident and stable girls is a tough ask in the modern age. On the one hand, they are expected to be a success in the workplace and cut through the male-centric world we live in. But, on the other, they will be bombarded with ideas about their body image. It all starts from a very early age, too – think Barbie for a good example. So how do parents ensure that the girls they raise will be confident enough to take on those challenges? Well, there are no guarantees, but you can lay a lot of groundwork to help them as much as possible. It’s just as important as the food that you feed them, so let’s take a closer look at how you can get started with these confidence-boosting activities.
Get Involved In Sport
You could also get involved with a local sports clubs. Many of them run kids’ day sessions that parents can join in, although ideally when they are confident enough they will go off on their own. You could try a local rafting club so that you can spend a day out together on a river. Sport is a great confidence booster for them and is also good for self-discipline. Having said this, you’d need to tread carefully. Don’t pressure them into doing something they don’t want to, because that will have an adverse effect on their confidence. A little encouragement, however, should go a long way.
Go To A Theme Park
If you want to start building your daughter’s confidence up, then take them out for exciting adventure days. Check out your local theme park and take them on some thrilling rides. Or, if they are too young, let them loose on climbing frames, swings and anything else that they can use to test themselves. Not only will they build up their confidence, but they will also develop vital learning skills. Fun day out at the park? Sure, but it’s much more than that.
Disney movies are great, aren’t they? Well, yes. But are they promoting a positive image for your girls? Probably not. There is a common theme in Disney – and many other – movies that the heroine of the story is always saved by a man. It’s only recently that things have started to change, and Brave is a great example. It will help show your daughters that they don’t have to rely on anyone for anything and give them a great role model to see them through their formative years.
Rainy Day? Get Ideas From Pink Stinks
If it’s raining, check out the Pink Stinks website. They are an organization that calls out the media and advertisers when they see blatant stereotyping of little girls. They have their hands full; that’s for sure. Walk into a toy shop, turn on the TV, go see a movie aimed at girls, and what do you see? Pink, princesses, and a whole lot more that helps train your daughter’s brain into thinking little girls should be interested in certain things. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with pink. Or princesses. But all the time? Check out Pink Stinks to get clued up about how and what you can do to help your girls grow more confidently.
If you know any other ways of increasing your child’s confidence, please let us know – we would love to hear from you.