There has been a lot in the press of late to do with International Day of the Girl on the 11th October. This one day has been put in place to ensure that the challenges faced by girls all around the world are recognised.
As a parent within the UK, we are lucky enough to be able to raise our children in a more equal society then you might see in other parts of the world. However, it is still important that we take steps to ensure that our daughters are raised to see themselves as equal members of society.
So, how do you do this? Here at Be Belle Boutique, we love the idea of having strong women as our future, which is why we have put together some of the tips that can help to raise yourself a strong girl!
Teach her to follow her dreams
One of the worst things that you can say to your child is that their dreams are unreachable. Sure, the chances are that they are not going to be a pop-star or footballer, but there is no point in squashing these dreams. After all, they need to feel that they are able to achieve anything, particularly if you want them to get anywhere in the future.
Give her a voice
Not too long ago women were oppressed and not allowed to voice their opinions. This is still happening around the world. Therefore, if you can, then ensure that your daughter not only has a voice, but that she feels comfortable being able to use it. As a child these need to be small decisions, such as what to have for dinner, but it really makes sure that she feels that she has a say.
Don’t be tempted to fix things for her
As a parent we have a natural lean towards protecting our children and trying to fix everything so that they are happy. This is particularly true when it comes to daughters. The worst thing that you can do is to wrap them up in cotton wool as it could lead to them feeling that they are not able to take risks or be brave later on in life. Let her take those risks, and if things go wrong, don’t be tempted to try and fix it for her.
Encourage her to work with other girls
It is no secret that girls are their own worst critic, and girls can be nasty to one another. Something you will often realise when you are a parent of girls. The best thing that you can to rectify this is to make sure that you encourage your daughter to work with and support other girls, as there is some really strength in numbers.
Raising girls and raising boys is very different. However, much like parenting as a whole, the best way to parent them is to learn as you go. Always be positive about what your child can do and there is a much higher chance that you will raise a powerful and equal girl as well as a powerful and equal boy too!