Raising Strong Girls
How to Raise Strong Girls?
Parents should share meaningful conversations and stories about positive female role models with their children—both boys and girls.
Research shows that early experiences in children’s lives have a lifelong impact on their learning and development.
From the moment they’re born, babies learn to feel safe and secure in their world through the relationships they have with their parents and caregivers. When adults provide little ones with consistent, nurturing care from the very beginning, they help them to develop healthy attitudes about themselves and create trusting relationships with others.
Developing self-confidence is essential to children’s healthy development and success—both in school and in life. Parents should share meaningful conversations and stories about positive female role models with their children—both boys and girls. Sharing books is a wonderful way to expose our children to strong, caring, thoughtful, and inspiring female characters of all ages. You can use your favorite books to spark conversations about girls and women you and your child know and admire. When we incorporate these types of stories and discussions into our daily interactions, we can help children celebrate girls and women—not just this month but throughout their lives.
Helping girls develop confidence in STEM during the early years lays the foundation for their future success. Research shows that activities as simple as using math and science words in everyday conversations can help children do better in STEM later on. You can take advantage of daily routines to introduce your child to concepts of measurement, shapes, or addition and subtraction! During snack time, you can ask: “What’s the shape of your cookie? Is it round or square? How many are left if I take one?”