Girls are up against a lot of pressure these days. Not only are the media spreading these unattainable and unrealistic images of what the ‘perfect woman’ should look like but unfortunately, kids in schools these days aren’t helping.
If your daughter struggles with confidence it’s good to know she is not alone and there are ways to boost her self-esteem. Recent studies reveal the extent of the issue when they published a research stating that “50 percent of grade six girls are dieting, this increases to 60 percent by grade 10.”
If you are worried about your daughter, it’s only natural but taking positive steps towards building her confidence for her prom is essential. Making her feel good no matter what her size, appearance, style preferences and more can help at this important stage in her life.
Now let’s look at some of the things you can do as a mother to boost your daughter’s confidence for her prom:
Make Sure You Are Happy With Your Body
As a mom, you are a very strong influencer for your daughter. How you value your own looks and body will rub off on her whether you realize it or not.
This means saying things such as “does this dress make me look fatter?” will only have negative repercussions. Instead, talk positively when speaking about your own and your daughter's self-image.
Don’t Always Focus On Visuals
Talk about what your daughter is doing leading up to finishing school. Compliment and commend the good grades she’s aiming for and how well she did in the last soccer game of the season.
Drawing attention away from the appearance at a time where appearance seems to be all that matters can really help regain perspective.
Be Truthful in a Tactful and Loving Way
You’re a lovely mom and we know you have got this one but it’s good to be reminded. Make sure when you are shopping together she knows you will give her brute honestly about what she chooses. After all, she wants to look her best. Yet you can do this in a kind, caring, and uplifting way.
Don’t use negative terms about how the dress doesn’t flatter her or clings to the wrong places. Whether she loves chic pink prom dresses or is more on the edgy side, stores these cater for a range of different tastes and everything in between.
Share Your Own Stories
Think back to your prom. Maybe you went through similar struggles and feelings to your daughter. It’s not unusual for women to share the same thoughts about self-image especially as they are going through puberty.
Maybe you had the unfortunate experience of going through your cycle during prom. Hearing this will help your daughter open up and feel more confident she will get past this stage.
These are just a few ways you can help boost your daughter’s confidence for prom so she looks and feels radiant as ever for her special night.
Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan
Somehow this post is incongruous to the Indian context ‘ cause we do not have prom nights.
Oh, I did not know that. Do you have any special dances near the time of graduation?