I have to say, although James isn’t a huge part of my blogging or social media presence, he has a huge presence in our family. Specifically, in his role as a Dad. I honestly couldn’t do the things I do without him and his support. With that said, I want to take a moment and share some things I think is important for all dads of girls to take note of, because they play a huge role in self image and self respect.
James is so good at the creativity side of play. He foster the girls imagination much better than I could. Maybe that’s because he love creative writing, but it also does more than grow their minds. It builds self confidence, strength and independence.
For me, my dad was very handy. He always let me help put things together with him, like bookshelves or toys, whatever it was I was helping. In the long run it’s taught me not to stress when something is broken, or if I need to assemble a piece of furniture. I’m not afraid to get out my tool kit and hang some curtain rods, pictures or even paint a room.
It’s all about encouraging and fostering your daughter’s abilities. Here are some tips on raising strong, independent and confidence women.
Tips For Dads To Raise Strong, Independent and Confidence Women
Treat them with respect. It’s often said that girls marry the man that is most like their dad. So be the kind of guy you want your daughter to end up with. Be aware of how you treat women, including their Mom, because they internalize this. It gives them the impression that whatever your behavior is, is what they should expect and accept for themselves.
Give them compliments. NO, just just tell them they’re pretty. Build up their entire sense of self. Tell them they’re smart, creative, kind or really anything more than your pretty. Here’s and entire post on this topic.
Instill confidence. Confidence is so important, no matter who you are. It’s important to encourage your daughters to be who they are. Encourage their individuality and supporting it allows them the strength to go after what they want.
Play with them. Get their imagination going. Play school, restaurant or in our house gymnastics. Also, encourage sports and show them they’re not just for boys. Playing helps grow their sense of the world, self confidence both socially and within themselves.
These are likely things you already do with your girls. A few other ideas are sharing music, playing an instrument, take to those “boys events” like air shows, or whatever else is interesting to you. Your daughters are very smart and intelligent, add to it by teaching them all kinds of things and letting them know they’re doing a great job. Don’t limit them to anything just because they are a girl.
What are some other ways dads can encourage and foster their daughters independence and confidence? I’d love to hear them below!
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