Give a compliment to give her inner confidence
"We try to compliment and praise our two daughters regularly to help them build their confidence and self-esteem,"" says mum Gill. "We say nice things about how they look, but we try to praise their intelligence, good schoolwork and helpfulness more."
Self-esteem expert Dr Christina Berton says, "By praising your daughter and focusing on her actions and positive behaviour, you will help her to recognise and value her qualities and see herself in a more positive light. Strengthening the overall confidence of our girls, as mothers, is what we all strive for."
Focus on who people are, not how they look
Recognising there's more to beauty than the way we look is vital in becoming body confident. By learning to appreciate other people's attributes and qualities, your daughter will begin to see beyond her own appearance and start to like all sorts of other things about herself.
"Encouraging her to think about other people’s attributes will help her to see that there’s lots more to admire beyond how we look, and will help her to value more about herself than her appearance," says Dr Berton.
Ensuring your daughter has a range of role models who inspire her for more than their looks, is important in helping her reach her full potential. It's normal to have beauty icons, but encourage her to find beauty in a diverse range of people.
It can be helpful to think about your own view here. Who are your icons, and how are you expressing your own aspirations in front of your daughter?
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