One of the great surprises in life is learning the gender of your baby. Will it be a girl or a boy? Will we need boy or girl things? We put our curiosity to the test x2 and waited until the big day to find out the gender. Each time we were thrilled that… it was a girl!
But having girls didn’t mean I rushed to the store to buy pink dresses and hair bows. When my girls were born I felt an incredible sense that I needed to raise them to be strong, and to defy gender stereotypes. I wanted desperately for them to know that they could do, and be, whoever they wanted. They could do “boy things” AND “girl things.” They could do anything!
They are Super Girls!
So at a time when the dialogue is centered around empowering women, here are a few ways I’m raising Super Girls to be the confident leaders of the future.
- Instead of “Be Careful” say ”Be brave!” Caroline Paul’s TED talk about brave girls inspired this mindshift. When my girls climb high or do something daring I support their efforts. When I get worried I ask, “Do you feel safe?” and “How can I help.” When they are unsure I say “Keep trying!”
- The first dress up clothes I bought for my children were a dinosaur, doctor, pilot and firefighter.
- In my daughter’s lunch box I leave sticky note pictures that show her in empowering roles.
- Their bookshelf is filled with books about confident, intelligent, and innovative female leaders.
- And of course…..having the right wardrobe never hurts.
So high-five to all the Super Parents, raising strong Super Girls.
What are you doing to raise Super Girls?