It’s well-known that girls’ confidence plummets during puberty. When I think back to when I was about that age, I remember that was the case for me. I started worrying more about what people thought and never felt like I was “good enough”. I don’t want my daughters to have that same experience. My youngest daughter, Bridget, turns 12 in the fall. She’s reaching that key age right now. I need to work extra hard on ensuring her self-esteem stays intact and strong.
You may already be familiar with the Always #LikeAGirl campaign. Always has been championing girls’ confidence globally for some time now with a simple, yet powerful message. To me #LikeAGirl means that you can do anything you set your mind to. It’s owning whatever it is you set out to do and giving it your best effort. As Bridget’s mom, I want to see her “Keep Playing #LikeAGirl”.
Always has released their newest #LikeAGirl video. Watch it below.
Today, I’m sharing some of the ways that I’m encouraging my daughter to be confident and #LikeAGirl.
1. Focus more on praising her actions versus her appearance. Congratulate her on a well-played game of sports or that her gymnastic skills are really improving. Bridget has been taking horseback riding lessons and I’m always amazed at how much she is improving with each lesson. She’s proud of how far she’s come and loves to tell me about the horses and what she has learned. I still tell her that I think that she is pretty, but I don’t make her looks the key focus.
2. Involve her in activities of her choice. I make suggestions of activities for Bridget to try, but ultimately, I let her choose what she wants to do. She loves horseback riding, hockey and swimming and she participates in all three of these activities throughout the year. She’s also asked if she could try zip lining. She went last year with her sister and loved it.
3. Be interested. Bridget loves to tell me what she’s learned at her lessons. After her week of hockey school, I heard all about the various skills she was learning. Did I understand it all? No, but I listened and asked her questions. She was animated and enjoyed teaching me a thing or two about it! Be a good listener.
4. Share your own personal experiences when you were young. Bridget recently had a fight with a friend and was very upset. I was glad that she came to me to talk about it. I listened to her and then told her how I went through almost the exact same thing when I was her age. I told her what I did and how in the long run, the fight was minor and worked itself out. It put things into perspective for her and showed her that it will get better.
Sports help girls to stay confident and I plan to keep encouraging Bridget to pursue whatever she wants to do. She’s involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities now of her choosing. She’s loving life and it shows. I want her to continue to “Keep Playing #LikeAGirl”.
How do you keep playing #LikeAGirl?
Let’s encourage young girls to stay in sports by showing them they belong! Upload a sports picture of you or your daughter to pledge to Keep Playing #LikeAGirl.
Disclosure: I created this blog post as a paid ambassador for Always and Tampax. All opinions and advice are my own and I fully disclose that I have been given free product, samples, coupons, money and other forms of consideration.