PARENTING, GIRL EMPOWERMENT
BY HEATHER FREEMAN, MPH
All Relationships vs. The Mother-Daughter Relationship
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Since a girl’s confidence is becoming more and more essential, many parents are left wondering, “don’t her relationships with others matter the more?”
There are 5 important differences between a Confident girl’s relationship with others and a Confident girl’s relationship with her mom.
#1 You can help your girl see her true reflection.
If helping a girl see her strengths is part of your empowerment strategy, you need an unbreakable mother-daughter connection. Mom’s know their girls best. With your super mom powers, you see her awesomeness even when she doesn’t.
#2: The mother-daughter relationship provides you with an opportunity for strengthening protective factors.
Your girl will face increasingly bigger challenges as she grows in independence. That means, she’ll need protective factors to help her resist and respond to the pressures of her world.
Once you understand your power, you can better support her.
#3: The mother daughter relationship provides better protection
The outside world can be unpredictable. That means if she gets left out at recess, it’s not clear how she’ll respond.
In your relationship, she gets a safe place to learn, grow, and test her self-identity. This increases her opportunity to test out her self-identity with someone who loves her unconditionally.
You’ll have strategies for helping girls be mindful about her unique self-identity while keeping her open to differences in others.
#4: The mother-daughter relationship increases a girl’s confidence faster than any other relationship.
The mother-daughter relationship is insanely effective at giving your girl confidence. My own relationship with my daughter boosts her confidence
Your girl is engaged and connected to you in a way that just doesn’t happen with other people, so when you do praise her for her effort on going out for the soccer team, your girl will be MUCH MORE likely to see the confidence in herself.
You’ll know how to help build a support system for girls living in today’s world with cultural pressures to fit it, discriminate, be intolerant
#5: The mother-daughter relationship is more powerful than other relationships.
You’ll be able to help your daughter deal with negative influences she may encounter in being herself. You’ll have ways to be together that encourage her to learn to make her own connection to self.
The mother-daughter relationship creates this perfect storm of optimum potential, connection, and trust your girl can’t find ANYWHERE else.
Have you noticed that the biggest go-getters have a rock-star mom by their side? Think American Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin. Girls like Mikaela know their mom is their BIGGEST fan and contribute their success to having their moms in their lives.
Now you have a better understanding of how the mother daughter relationship and all other relationships differ.
You may be thinking, well, I guess I won’t even bother with helping her with other relationships…. DON’T do that.
Girls still need to connect with others.
So, MY advice is to do both. BUT, give most of your attention to you & your girl.
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