Does your daughter love math, play soccer with the boys, and hope to be an airplane pilot? Does she also enjoy reading, ballet and want to be a mom when she grows up? If so, then good for her! In a world still plagued by stereotypes impacting girls and women, it’s important to support girls in seeing themselves as multi-faceted, to appreciate all aspects of themselves. It’s important to embrace things that might be less expected or traditional (like loving math), but also including the more traditional roles (like being a mom). When we help girls see that they are capable in a wide range of areas, it promotes positive self-esteem, gives them a sense of control in their lives and teaches them that girls do not have more limitations than boys. There are three important steps adults can take to support this emotional growth in young girls.
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