Do not underestimate the power of women. They’re gradually taking their place in the world as the call for equality goes stronger everyday. But as the need for a less gender-biased society increases, so are the challenges girls have to face. They have to constantly prove themselves worthy.
How do you ensure your daughter is ready for it? Here are some lessons you can teach your daughter to become a strong, independent woman.
#1 Be accountable
Teaching your daughter the value of responsibility early on will save you a lot of headache in the future. Start by making her accountable for tidying up her own room or washing the dishes. Sense of responsibility gives your child a sense of autonomy as well as she gets to do what needs to be done. Responsible daughters are also more likely to be responsible citizens of a community—if they know people are counting on them, they’re more likely to lead the way.
#2 Stand up for yourself and for others
A woman’s voice is so powerful and your young girl should know it too. Teach your child to speak up if she knows she’s right. Don’t let someone bully an innocent classmate by reporting them to the teacher or don’t let her sibling get away with lying. A girl who knows how to stand up for herself and for others will grow up to be a bearer of truth.
#3 Love yourself
This may sound cliché but girls should be taught how to love themselves, flaws and all. Encourage positive self talk and don’t tolerate it when your child constantly criticises herself negatively. Remind her how beautiful, smart, and loving she is so she’ll feel validated and confident. If there are things she really hates about herself, share with her ways she can improve it so she knows that there’s always room for growth.
#4 Don’t believe everything other people say
The opposite of confidence is insecurity and oftentimes, insecurity comes from what other people tell us. Don’t believe everything that they say and remind your daughter that what other people think about her actually doesn’t matter.
#5 It’s okay to fail
Being strong and independent may have its downside: you think you cannot fail. Failure is part of any process and your daughter should know that. Perfection isn’t the goal. The goal is to learn throughout the process. Strong, independent women don’t just do it on their own and expect things to succeed. They actually have a strong support system who can catch them whenever they fail.
#6 Don’t take yourself too seriously
Teach your daughter to not look at life as if it’s a burden. Laughing at yourself is okay. Strong women know how to find humour even in stressful situations.