So lately I've started asking people to tell me what they think girls need to grow up with a healthy self-image. I've started sending emails and asking people for their thoughts, because frankly, I really want to know what people think. Yesterday I asked this questions on my facebook page and got some very thoughtful responses. And today I'm asking you. Over coming weeks I'll be sharing more with you about the responses I'm getting - because its becoming rather fascinating. I'm finding that while I'm building up some wonderful parenting tools for my magic mummy toolbox I'm also going on my own little journey of self-discovery - because really I'm just an oversized little girl.
I've paraphrased some of the comments from my facebook conversation yesterday below - but what do you think is important when raising girls to have a healthy self-image?
- Girls need a good example to follow. A female role model who projects a healthy self-image to base themselves on. (Eg, don't put yourself down in front of your kids.)
- Girls need honest open parents who they can talk openly with about stuff in their life.
- Girls need a chance to reflect on themselves in a safe and non judgemental environment.
- Girls need to be taught it's internal beauty that's important. (But I do wonder just how you do this?)
- Girls need to have their own identity from their siblings.
- Girls need to learn not to look for love externally but to find it from within.
- Girls need to be continuously shown support, encouragement and to hear positive comments from their parents.
Over to you guys - love to hear what you think.