Girls, Success Does not Depend
Cyrus had us all talking after the MTV-VMA Awards, but the talk wasn't
positive. A woman who had grown up influencing girls with Hannah Montana
and Disney doesn't naturally choose twerking unless she has run out of
artistic options or is rebelling against the crowd that helped make her a
childhood legend. I am over the story of Miley, but unfortunately moms,
girls and young women are not. Young people feel as though Miley was
like them, and if Miley is desperate for fame, what will they resort
to? Things such as selfies in inappropriate places, body parts texted
to boyfriends, and other risky behavior further damages young women's
self-esteem, self-respect, and body image. |
We talk frequently about the bad things happening to women and young girls, but focusing on the things that set successful women apart from those sinking into desperation should be studied as well. In fact, there are so many qualities that successful women exhibit in that sets them apart, I decided to remind parents and girls once again. If you can adapt these qualities and practice them each day, you will have the confidence to handle the success you earn. The key to being a successful woman is not dependent on your looks or your body, but rather how you feel about yourself, and strong beliefs in your abilities.
Here are a few general suggestions
|Telling your daughters what not to do will not be as helpful as suggesting things they can do. Embracing these suggestions, and practicing them with your child, will put you in a position to be their number one mentor and on their team for success. Girls have to believe in themselves, and that is a lot easier to do when their parents believe in them too.|
Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl's Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.