Do you have a daughter? Do you worry about all the outside influences on her from the media as well as peers? Do you want her to grow up with good self-esteem and good body image?
As regular readers are aware I have a daughter, and even though she’s only 4 now, I’d like to think I can help her grow into a confident woman who doesn’t suffer from these issues.
Yesterday whilst listening to ABC Radio Melbourne, there was a fascinating discussion about bringing up girls, – you can listen to it here.
One of the guests was Danielle Miller who has just published a book call The Butterfly Effect which is full of tips and techniques to help bring up your girl. I haven’t read it yet – but I’m keen to. Danielle comes from a teaching background and works with girls in schools, you can see more about it on this video.
The other guest is Melinda Tankard-Reist who has just written Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls – I’m sure another worthwhile read.
What worries you most about bringing up your daughters? What strategies have you used to get your girls to womanhood unscathed? If you moan about your body in front of your daughter what do you think she’s picking up about her body and what a woman’s body should look like?
How much of what you do rubs off on your daughters? If you don’t take care of yourself how will that affect her too?