Being a Mom of girls is tough, especially in today's world. Having 2 daughters myself, one of my main goals is to raise them as strong, successful, confident young women. I want them to realize that they can truly do anything they want to in life that they set their minds to. I grew up with 3 sisters and no brothers and I felt that my parents did a great job of raising us to be strong, independent women. Now that I am raising both daughters and sons, I have come to realize that each requires special parenting. Raising boys is not the same as raising girls and even though I feel like I am often failing (We all feel that way sometimes and that's ok!) at the end of the day, the most important thing to me is that my kids know just how much they are loved. I joke around a lot about how raising boys is so much easier than girls but in our case, it is true. Our tween daughter's issues are so different than any other issues we ever had with our now teenage son.
We were recently sent the book Brave Girls by Stacy Radin and it was such a great read with so many awesome tips on how to empower girls to be great and to reach their true potential. Throughout the book I found so many great pointers and by the time I finished the book, a lot of lightbulbs had gone off for me. One of the most important thing that I realized is that we can't just empower our own daughters. We need to teach them to empower each other. Our children are growing up in a cruel world and sometimes I just can't believe some of the things that my daughter comes home and tells me. I believe it's so important of us to teach our girls to be kind, to encourage each other and to realize that life isn't a competition and our only goal is to truly be the best we can be. I make it a point to lift my 12 year old daughter up every chance I get. I tell her she is beautiful. I commend her for a job well done. I push her to go beyond her comfort zone. I encourage her when she is ready to give up. I give her the tools that she needs to succeed without doing the work for her. I can only hope that I am doing a good job and that someday both of my girls will be the very best versions of themselves.
A little more about Brave Girls :
After interviewing hundreds of high-achieving businesswomen, Dr. Radin discovered that even the country's most accomplished female professionals were often hampered by insecurity and afraid of being considered too aggressive in a business world run largely by men. She has dedicated herself to uncover the strengths, values and skills of young girls everywhere.
Brave Girls: Raising Young Women With Passion And Purpose To Become Powerful Leaders tells of Dr Radin's research that showed that harmful thoughts are formed in middle school when identity development is at its peak. She founded Unleashed, an after-school program that introduces pre-teen girls to an important social cause-animal rescue-and gives them a passion, a key element in being engaged and successful in all aspects of life. You can follow along on Twitter @@UnleashedNyOrg and on the UnleashedNYOrg Facebook page. Find out how you can get involved on the Unleashed website here.
About the Author
Stacey Radin is a psychologist, researcher, and consultant who has dedicated her career to the development of girls and women. She is the founder and president of Corporate Equilibrium, specializing in the psychology of organizational effectiveness, and a member of the United Nation’s Working Group on Girls.
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