When you tell your daughter she's pretty, you'll be surprised at what she hears

In elementary school, the majority of girls like science. By college, only a handful do. Are we talking our girls out of using their minds?

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  • Adults love to compliment little girls by telling them they're pretty. This effort to give our daughters confidence may really be teaching them to value the wrong thing.

  • In this video, this girl is continually discouraged from investigating the world around her in order to "keep her dress clean" or avoid other damage to her appearance. The message she gets is looking good is more important than trying out and learning new things.

  • Albert Einstein said, "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." Girls don't need to save their imagination for princesses and unicorns, let them imagine rocket ships and deep sea diving. Then, let them get their hands dirty exploring the world around them.

  • Above all, girls need to know they are worth so much more than a cute smile and clean dress.

  • Click here for 11 things we need to teach our daughters.

  • Click here for 50 things one mother wants her daughter to know.

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Megan Wallgren is a freelance writer and mother of four energetic children.

Website: http://kinetickids.blogspot.com

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