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that time again. The diet commercials are in full force which can
only mean two things;
bathing suit season is right around the corner and nationwide
body image is getting ready to plummet. Many adults worry that
between all the talk about buff bodies and diet plans, girls will
slip into a self esteem slump. How can we help girls to elevate
their self worth without needing to go on and on about loving your
Everyone is talented or special in some way. While we are not all little Einsteins or mini- Monets, everyone has something to offer. Let her know that you appreciate her gifts. Allow her to show you what she can do—without doing it for her! She will get better with time. Hang up artwork, projects, or awards that exhibit these gifts so that your child knows that you value her special talents. Creating a Wall of Fame will allow her to see all of her accomplishments.
2. Be present:
When a girl is sharing new knowledge or new gifts, pay attention! This is the time to shut off the TV and the cell phone. When you do this, she will know that she is important and worthy of your undivided attention.
3. Don't over-praise:
You can let her know that she is special without over-praising. Not
everything she does is worthy of the Wall of Fame. She can’t always
be super, perfect and fantastic. When you praise a girl when praise
is due, she will know you are being genuine and that she has really
done a good job.
While you may not always be available when she needs you, create a pattern of responsiveness and responsibility. Be on time, be reliable, and follow through with what you say you are going to do. When you are a RAD role model, she will know that she can count on you and that she is worthy of your follow through. She will also learn what it means to be a positive role model to others.
5. Praise effort:
It may be easy to focus on a high mark on a paper or a gold medal,
but it’s really important to praise effort instead of results. When
a girl knows that she has worked hard and that hard work is praised,
she will likely keep putting in the effort to make the
accomplishment. When we are results driven, failure can stop us in
our tracks and make us give up for fear of failing once again.
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|Key words: body image, self esteem, dieting, weight, girls, confidence|