We all want the best for our daughters. For them to grow up as resilient and confident girls, feeling like they can achieve anything – while doing it all on their own terms. But what’s the secret formula? While there’s no magic bullet, there are things you can do to make it much more likely she’ll grow up strong and succeed at whatever she puts her mind to.
One of the best ways you can give your daughter an edge is by letting her participate in activities that are designed just for her. There’s plenty of evidence that girls shine in a girls-only, girl-friendly and girl-driven space such as Girl Guides. Girls in Girl Guides get access to a supportive, safe space where they can try new things, figure out their leadership style, bond with other girls and just be themselves, all with the support of positive female role models. It’s an environment where girls feel free to talk openly about their experiences, thoughts and feelings – knowing they won’t be judged and don’t have to hold back.
When girls have self-confidence and a safe space, it’s a whole lot easier for them to stretch their limits. At Girl Guides, girls get to experience that rarest of things — a girls-only, pro-girl environment where she is allowed to take the kinds of safe, age-appropriate risks that parents are comfortable with, and that build confident girls. It’s the kind of place where your daughter can try new activities, learn from her successes and failures, build new skills, and experience the thrill of figuring things out herself, in the company of other girls.
In an accepting and judgement-free zone such as Girl Guides, girls can seek challenges, try new things even if they might fail, learn from their set-backs and feel confident to dust themselves off and try again. Through thoughtful and positive risk taking, your daughter will learn more about herself and that she can try and do anything she sets her mind to. Talk about a skill that will totally translate into the rest of her life – from school and beyond. And when she succeeds? Her self-esteem gets a positive hit.
Challenges and bumps in the road are a reality for kids. Throw in the not-so-insignificant factor of gender inequality and it can seem like today’s girls face more hurdles than ever before. Something as simple as giving your daughter a safe, supportive, all-girl space such as Girl Guides can make a huge impact in helping her believe she can achieve what she wants to in life — and build the skills to get there. That’s a parenting choice you can feel confident about.