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Raising a Strong, Powerful Girl

Renee Eder on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do you have a daughter? Of course, as a parent, you want her to be secure in herself, make positive choices, and think critically about the world around her. How can we help our daughters feel confident and grow up to lead full, valuable lives?

Below are some ideas to help you raise strong, confident young women:

  • Encourage your daughter to pursue a passion: Finding an activity she loves will boost her self-esteem .

  • Let her have a voice in making decisions: Whenever possible, let her make constructive choices about her life.

  • Encourage her to solve issues on her own rather than fixing things for her: In a trying personal situation, let her decide what she wants to do (within reason). Even if you disagree with her choice, you give your daughter a sense of control over her life and show her that she is responsible for her decisions.

  • Encourage her to take physical risks: Urge your daughter to go beyond her comfort zone. For example, encourage a girl who’s scared to ride her bike downhill to find just a small hill to conquer first.

  • Get girls working together: Encourage your daughter to participate in team-building activities or join organizations that rely on teamwork.

To help build confidence, independence, and physical and mental strength, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is proud to bring back the JCCNV G.I.R.L.S. (Giving back, Independence, Ruach (spirit), Leadership, Strength) Wellness Program. The G.I.R.L.S. Wellness Program was developed to inspire and educate young girls in our community, combining physical activity, team building, tikkun olam (repairing the world). The purpose of the program is to encourage life-long healthy habits, positive thinking, and character building through group discussions, hands-on activities and projects, and group exercise classes.

Over the course of the 10-week program, the girls are inspired, educated, and motivated by community leaders, physicians, athletes, cancer survivors, nutritionists and group exercise instructors. Participants create journals, take on leadership roles, and work together to carry out a social action piece for our community. This program is offered at no cost for all participants and is limited to 15 registrants. Learn more here.


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