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Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls

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Don't Push for Perfection


Many girls strive for perfection and aim to please their parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults. Perfectionism sounds like a fine trait on the surface and, in healthy doses, it can fuel your daughter's drive to succeed. But chronic perfectionism can lead to anxiety, depression, eating disorders, burnout, and other problems for girls (and for everyone!). Evaluate your expectations for your daughter's achievements in school, sports, and other areas of her life. Show her that it's okay to ease up every once in a while. Would you rather have a child who sounds great on paper or learns the skills to be happy and balanced for the rest of her life?

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