Be A Role Model
Family, family friends & close adults can show her how to be strong, body-positive, etc.
Let her see you try/fail, andavoid negative self-talk
For more info about being a role model, check out our blog post How to Be a Good Role Model for Your Daughter.
Have Thoughtful Conversations
Have open conversations about strength, bravery, and inner beauty
Use books and events in her life to prompt conversations
Check out the blog post Raising Boys that Empower Girls—Book Review of The Heart of a Boy for details on how to use books to inspire conversations with your little one.
Tackle challenges as a family to encourage confidence
Possibilities include outdoor adventures, race/physical challenges, special projects
You can find tons of ideas for outdoor adventures in the post Take Your Daughter on an Adventure.
🚲 Activities 🚲
Use art as a tool to encourage expression of feelings and fears
Try an art challenge (ex: ask her to think about a time she was afraid, but did something anyway), and talk about what it means, how it felt to create it, etc.
Read The Secret of Parenting with Art for more info.
Use outdoor adventures to build closeness & bravery
Try hiking, camping, backpacking, swimming, running, cycling (stay safe!)
For ideas for outdoor adventures, check out the post Take Your Daughter on an Adventure.
Use STEM (Science, technology, engineering & math) activities to open her future to high-paying jobs
Try kitchen science experiments, observation journals, building games
📱 Media 📱
• Try to balance out movies/tv shows with ones that don’t reinforce stereotypes
• Check out Common Sense Media for movie/tv/app/game ratings for families
Look for books that show how multidimensional girls can be and challenge conventional wisdom
Check out A Mighty Girl for book lists/reviews
⭐ Stuff ⭐
Balance clothes with options beyond pink/purple, dresses/skirts, etc.
Look at Princess Awesome for girl clothes with dinos, rockets, etc.
Avoid toys that reinforce consumerism, outer beauty, and dolls with sexualized/unrealistic bodies
Check out A Mighty Girl for toy lists/reviews