What girls need from their dads

Father and daughter smiling to camera

Girls need to hear how worthwhile and beautiful they are – not ‘pretty’, but ‘beautiful’.

  • Beauty can be outer (looks, smile, laughter, eyes, clothing etc) and inner (kindness, friendliness, fairness, curiosity, honesty etc).

  • Get your girls into the habit of critically analysing advertising that promotes insecurity or over-sexualisation in girls and women.

  • Find the specialness that your daughter possesses and highlight it, often.

  • Think about her character, her self-worth, her core – and talk about it as her beauty.

Tips:

Help your children see they are special

Keep telling your children about their special future, which is different to others.

Tips:

Get the lowdown on issues at home before you arrive

If you have been away from home for a while through work or travel commitments, chat with your partner a day or two before you head home to find out any issues – rather than having them dumped on you when you walk in the door!