The 4 Types of Phrases That Will Bring Down Your Daughter's Self-Esteem
The things we say to our kids, no matter how flippant or in passing, can have lasting effects on their health. For parents of a girl, especially, there are several types of phrases that can lower your daughter's self-esteem and confidence, make her feel insecure about her body, and influence her self-worth. We all have the best intentions, but unfortunately, many of the aforementioned phrases tend to be fairly commonplace, with some parents not even realizing that they're harming their girls by uttering them.
Parents have such a huge influence on their kids and how they feel about themselves, so it's important to ensure that they know you're supportive of them no matter what, you love them for who they are, and you're available to talk honestly about anything. "Even though kids are so reliant on their peers for feedback when they're in their teens, what her parents think of her matters just as much as it ever did," Mary Rooney, PhD, told the Child Institute.
To help raise your girl with confidence, a positive body image, self-love, and the notion that she can do and be whatever she'd like, avoid the following types of potentially harmful and hurtful phrases.