Girls with low self-esteem reveal the negative way they feel about themselves in how they act around other people. Although they may try to pretend they’re ok,
their sense of uncertainty shows in their body language.
They tend to walk slowly with slouched shoulders, avoiding other people’s eyes.
Girls with low self-esteem often turn to something outside themselves to quiet the self-doubt and fill the emptiness. Often this means substance abuse, eating disorders or other self-destructive behavior. They are likely to submit to pressure and may give in to experimentation with drugs, alcohol and smoking just to fit in.
As parents, the earlier you get involved in helping your daughter improve her self-esteem
the more likely things won’t spiral out of control. Keep in mind that there are definitely things you can’t fix, such as a particular boy rejecting her or not getting the lead in the school play. At the same time, encouragement, praise and kind words often can make a world of difference to an insecure girl. Knowing you are there for her no matter what can be more comforting than anything else.
Physical exercise can work wonders for balancing mood swings. Encourage your daughter to participate in some form of physical activity as often as possible. If she doesn’t want to participate in sports, she may jump at the chance to go walking or biking with you.
Remind your daughter several times a day how much she means to you, how proud you are of her and what specifically makes her unique. Be sure to set an example of good self-esteem. Above all else, let her know you’re there and that you love her unconditionally.
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