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Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls

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confident young girl

Nurture Her Self-Confidence

"She's so cute!" and "What a pretty dress!" You will probably hear these things hundreds of times during your daughter's early years. No doubt, she's adorable. But be aware of the kinds of traits we value and compliments we pay to girls. They tend to be very appearance-based, which can set up a bad model of self-worth and unhealthy expectations for girls' looks into her teen years and adulthood. Physical compliments are fine when balanced with praise for things like her funny personality, creative imagination, and strong math skills. There's no better role model than Mom when it comes to showing a young girl that beauty and self-esteem come from within — not from clothes, makeup, height, or weight.

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