That’s such a strong word, isn’t it? I
t’s much more powerful than encouragement (which is important, too).
To empower someone goes beyond making them feel good about themselves, though.
It’s about giving them the tools to do good for them themselves. In a nutshell, when you empower your daughter, you provide a foundation of success for her.
Certainly there will be challenges that she’ll face.
The thing about raising an empowered girl, though, is that she’ll know what to do when they arise. Here are things you can do to empower your daughter starting now.
How to empower your daughter
- Give her choices.
- Expose her to people who are different than she is.
- Read to her.
- Travel with her.
- Let her choose her own books at the library.
- Allow her to dress herself.
- Volunteer as a family.
- Ask her open-ended questions.
- Ask her opinion about things.
- Give her the opportunity to make choices that will impact others besides herself.
- Put her in situations where she’ll have to work hard.
- Put her in situations where she may not win.
- Teach her how to research things.
- Introduce her to remarkable women.
- Take her feelings seriously.
- Spend quality time doing something that she wants to do.
- Be honest with her.
- Be affectionate and loving.
- When she makes a mistake, correct it right away.
- Compliment her when she does something right…or if she tries and it’s wrong.
- Remind her that she is loved even if she gets in trouble.
- Be aware of the times she’s trying to assert herself. Give her space.
- Be intentional about empowering her.
- Don’t spoil her. Help her to understand that she won’t always get what she wants.
- Model confidence.