What can we as adults do to help our young ladies become strong women?
WOW! Love this topic!
Real Talk today dove in (http://bit.ly/RTraisingstrongwomen) and came up with some solutions, but I’d like to add a few more (that can apply to boys too-FYI):
- rock who you are & role model that for those younger
- avoid drawing comparisons among siblings, cousins, friends, etc.
- remove the word perfect from everyone’s vocabulary (there is no such thing)
- use positive words around young people
- make things not just about appearances
- let kids lead activities (adults don’t have to always be in complete charge)
- encourage non-stereotype career paths (ex: men can be nurses and women can be engineers)
- assist and encourage positions of leadership at school & in the community
- have children practice speaking with adults on the phone and face-to-face (ex: call coach to say he/she is sick & can’t make practice; practice making introductions; engage in small talk)
- celebrate success, big or small (notice I said celebrate … not pay for)
- hold family meetings to discuss family decisions & give everyone a voice (ex: where to go on vacation; should we get a pet; weekend chores & who is responsible for what) — of course, parents get the final say in what goes down
- allow kids to go to and have sleepovers starting at an early age … start with relatives & move to friends (great independence builder)
Make the most of your day!