Women are often labeled as fragile and weak but this notion stays true when we allow it. As a mom of a three-year-old girl, I always dream of raising her to be happy, confident and strong especially when she enters the school of hard knocks. Having had the chance to talk to my colleagues and neighbors who have raised their daughters with utmost strength and kind heart, I felt the need to share the insights that I’ve learned as I also apply them to my little girl with the hope of empowering her with values that will bring her positivity and success.
- Embrace your body
While body shaming is rampant, encourage your daughter to love her body no matter her flaws. If she’s mocked for being fat and dark, tell her to embrace her unique imperfections and nurture her self-worth. We cannot take away the pains brought by being shamed of how we look but we can teach our girls to stay positive and be content of her body.
- Beauty is in attitude
Beauty is not all about being pretty and gorgeous. Real beauty is skin deep and lies on your behaviour. Teaching our daughters to always practice kindness, empathy and love will empower her to bring positive changes to herself and to the people around her.
- Quality time with dad is important
Per research, girls who don’t have good relationships with their dads are more likely to have a chaotic life-from low self-esteem and destructive relationships with others. As such, it is strongly encouraged that dads and their daughters should have a strong and respectful relationship as fathers are highly expected to treat them special and with utmost respect.
- The power of humility
The value of humility is essential as your daughter grows up. She may be your princess but in the outside world, she’s not. By teaching her the humility to understand others, she will learn how to be considerate and compassionate.