The root cause of this lies in the way women are brought up. Since childhood, they experience discrimination in all walks of life. The inferior treatment makes them vulnerable to low self-esteem issues, later in life. Building self-assurance in girls during childhood itself, is important if you want to see your daughter grow into a strong and proud woman.
As many as 60% of girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, where 20-40% of them go on a diet at the age of ten. Moreover, these young girls are often confronted with teen issues like dating and sex. It is obvious that their young bodies and minds cannot deal with the stress that is a product of such adult issues; this results in depression. Low self-confidence is the final outcome when the body becomes the barometer of self-worth.
- Explain to your child that physical appearance has very little to do with a person’s true worth in society.
- Emphasize on her young mind that the models on magazine covers should not be used to judge her own body type.
- Appreciate the good qualities in your child and avoid unfair comparisons with her peers.
- Assign her some daring and courageous tasks, often meant for boys, and then reward her on accomplishing them (be careful about the jobs that you assign to her).
- Do not restrict her privileges or take away her liberty, particularly if you are offering the same to her male siblings.
- Inculcate in her mind, the importance of values, such as equality, self-esteem, standing up for one’s rights, etc.
- Also, prevent her from going on fad diets or becoming obsessed with her looks. Divert her mind to hobbies like sports, reading, painting, etc.