And an opportunity not just to empower yourself, but to also empower your daughter.
Clinical psychologist Julia Simens says, "Give up the 'perfect' mold and hone a strength: Most moms want their daughter to be perfect. We tend to bombard them with what they could do to be better: Better grades, more friends, more community service and much, much more. Start with what’s present — not what’s absent — and talk about what works for your daughter."
"Think outside of the box and define your daughter's strengths more than intellectual or physical. Look at her interpersonal skills, her dispositions, interests and motivations. These are keys to empowerment," says Simens.
Silvia M. Dutchevici, president and founder of Critical Therapy Center says that raising a confident daughter can be quite challenging in our culture where there is plenty of objectification and sexualization of young women. After years of counseling both adolescent girls and young women, she suggests these specific ideas for encouraging confidence:
Silvana Clark, author of 12 Going on 29: How to Survive Your Daughter's Tween Years, reminds parents of some basic, but important skills that can help your daughter's confidence from the time she is a little girl through adulthood.
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