Raising Confident Children

I want to raise strong confident girls. I take the simple things that Baby Bear does and make them meaningful and special. The is a prolific artist. That does not mean that I take everything that she makes and plaster the house with it. I do put up some of the artwork on her magnet board in the kitchen. She gets to help choose what to put on it. Since there is only a finite amount of space, she gets to choose what goes and what stays. Giving her choices is a helpful skill and also allows her to edit her own work in a simple way.

Here is a special cup that Baby Bear made in class for Passover. It is a cup for Elijah. I put it into the china cabinet with our other things to show her how special she is.

china cabinet with kid art
I know that it is just a cup, but by putting it into the cabinet it is also showing that she is very special. It goes with the rest of the Judaica that we use for holidays and Shabbat.

Besides the cup, I framed this drawing and put it on the mantel a few weeks ago. It is the first drawing that she did of our family.
Start with the small things!

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  • As you raise confident girls, be sure they can say no or stop and back that up with actions. As a police officer, many times the girls have ended the relationship and try to be to nice. They continue to accept calls or meet to talk as they try and let tthe guy down easy without being rude. This might be fine one or two times but then she needs to refuse his calls, refuse to go anywhere with him and let her actions back up her words. Unfortunately, we have lost three young ladies to men who kept trying to hang on to the relationship that she had already ended, but went to talk with him once more. I once had to call a guy up who had one date in high school with a woman. He was stalking her 7 years later. He kept asking me if he could call her to apologize, wish her well in her future marriage, check in a year from now to see how things were going. For most , a call from the cops would be enough..
    This is also true for unwanted behavior from a boyfriend or spouse. Women need to be very clear and direct with men. We do not understand subtlties.