Raising Daughters with Strong Sense-of-Self
We are blessed with four granddaughters. This means we are also blessed with princess parties, princess movies, princess dress-up clothes, princess castle toys, princess . . . well, you get the idea. They love ballerina tutus and re-enacting princess stories. They take tumbling and dance classes. When they’re old enough, they’ll take piano and maybe singing lessons.
At this time in their lives, they are the rulers of their own kingdoms – no concern about how society views or judges them. Their parents’ jobs are to allow them to be the sweet-spirited princesses they are while teaching them to be tough enough to rule their future kingdoms – regardless of what society tells them to believe about themselves.
http://diebrueder.ch/piskodral/9376 Too many little girls lose the ability to be themselves as they become tweens and early teens.
Each year I see girls who have lost the ability to like themselves, believe they can rule their worlds, or be strong enough to face the negative peer pressure of middle school. Somewhere along the line, for whatever reason (libraries are full of books with theories) they turn their self-images over to society.