ENCOURAGING YOUR LITTLE GIRL
TIPS FOR RAISING STRONG, CONFIDENT WOMEN
Trust your daughter while teaching grit.
In a time when it’s so easy to let technology and school run your child’s life, what’s your role as a parent or guardian? We often hear motivational quotes talking about the importance of risk-taking and resilience, but it can be tough for little girls to learn from just YouTube videos and school alone. Here’s how you can encourage your daughter to spark her own confidence during her toughest moments.
Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth studies successful people in a wide variety of fields, from business to the military, and has found that the quality most successful people share is grit. The ability to stay engaged with tough tasks for a long period of time is a skill that takes a long time to build, but it’s not impossible for your girl to begin developing grit right now. Duckworth believes the growth mindset can start young girls on a path to embracing failure and moving forward from it. However, a lack of trust in your daughter can suffocate her growth. Despite all the adult-directed activities we give our kids, we need to step back and let them make some of their own decisions. We can give them encouragement and help along the way, but for the most part, we need to trust they can solve problems on their own.
Encourage bravery and a growth mindset.
Even children can feel pressured to perform to high standards yet stay within their comfort zone. They might think, “I’m not strong enough to climb this tree.” But whether it’s climbing trees or building things with others, small feelings of bravery can grow larger as they grow older. Self-empowerment will be a crucial skill in their lives, so encourage a mindset focused on growth through the process of learning. Teach them how the brain grows and adapts rapidly whenever we encounter failure and that failure and mistakes are a part of life. Once they understand that failure isn’t permanent, they’ll be inspired to take risks and solve their problems.
When you put faith and trust in your little girl to handle her most difficult problems, she’ll learn to do the same for herself.
WAYS TO IMPROVE TIME SPENT IN THE CAR DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ‘EM
According to AAA, the average American spends about 50 minutes driving per day. That amounts to 18,250 minutes per year or more than 12 full days spent behind the wheel. For many of us, that time is spent idly, but it doesn’t have to be. Since you’re spending so much time in the car, you might as well make the most of it. Here are a few ways to do just that. AUDIBLE I may have had books on tape (and later CD) when I was going to law school, but today, we have Audible. Essentially a streaming service for audiobooks, Audible has a huge library of titles in every genre you can think of. Recently, Audible has begun adding exclusive content to the platform,
providing more value to their members. While Audible is a paid service, you can sign up for a free trial to test it out for yourself.
PODCASTS Odds are you probably already have a favorite podcast, given that Edison Research reports 1 in 3 Americans listen to a podcast at least once a month. The medium, which hasn’t been around for long, has grown to tremendous heights on the backs of massively popular series like “Serial” and “Radiolab.” You can find a podcast for every interest, from business development to true-crime murder mysteries. And because most podcasts produce regular episodes, you’ll have a never-ending stream of excellent content no matter how often you drive. HANDS-FREE CALLING If your car is akin to a rolling office, you probably have to take plenty of phone calls in it. To make these calls safely, you need a way to call without having to put on headphones or take your hands off the wheel. I cannot stress enough how essential a system for hands- free calling is. Many recent car models come with software that automatically allows you to make calls through the car’s audio system, but if you have an older vehicle, you’ll need to buy something on your own.
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