Raising Strong Girls
Research shows that early experiences in children’s lives have a lifelong impact on their learning and development. From the moment they’re born, babies learn to feel safe and secure in their world through the relationships they have with their parents and caregivers. When adults provide little ones with consistent, nurturing care from the very beginning, they help them to develop healthy attitudes about themselves and create trusting relationships with others.
Developing self-confidence is essential to children’s healthy development and success—both in school and in life. Women’s History Month provides great opportunities for parents to share meaningful conversations and stories about positive female role models with their children—both boys and girls. Sharing books is a wonderful way to expose our children to strong, caring, thoughtful, and inspiring female characters of all ages. For book ideas for young children, check out some of Chelsea Clinton’s favorite stories featuring strong female characters. You can use your favorite books to spark conversations about girls and women you and your child know and admire. When we incorporate these types of stories and discussions into our daily interactions, we can help children celebrate girls and women—not just this month but throughout their lives.
Tip of the Week
Helping girls develop confidence in STEM during the early years lays the foundation for their future success. Research shows that activities as simple as using math and science words in everyday conversations can help children do better in STEM later on. You can take advantage of daily routines to introduce your child to concepts of measurement, shapes, or addition and subtraction! During snack time, you can ask: “What’s the shape of your cookie? Is it round or square? How many are left if I take one?”
In Case You Missed It
We live in a world filled with rich traditions, cultures, and routines. It’s never too early to start helping your child appreciate diversity. Last month, we partnered with the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) to share resources to help families talk, read, and sing together in celebration of Black History Month.
We encourage you to check out the resources we developed for this partnership:
- TALK: NBCDI’s President and CEO Tobeka Green shares tips on how families can engage little ones in meaningful conversations about diversity.
- READ: NBCDI shares a list of their favorite culturally-relevant books to read with young children.
- SING: NBCDI’s favorite songs about self-love by prominent African-American artists are included in a playlist.
Song of the Week
Did you know? You can write your own loving lullaby to sing with your baby. Listen to this beautiful lullaby a mom wrote for her young daughter through Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project. She describes her hopes for a bright future for her daughter, Ariel: Ariel by Shannell.