Over the past few years, I’ve had several conversations about the appropriate way to compliment and empower young girls. In an image based society, our generic conversations about “pretty” things- clothing, hair, looks, etc.- can actually be more damaging than empowering. I’ve made a conscious effort to talk to my students more about their schooling, activities, and internal features (such as leadership, passion, and confidence) vs. their imagery.
Last week, I discovered this article from The Washington Post:
The Best Way to Compliment Little Girls by Sarah Powers
It perfectly discusses and describes this shift in how we address and converse with our young, female students. Check it out, and think about how you can shift your approach in conversation.
(This image from the Girl Scouts offers a variety of examples for sharing genuine, empowering compliments.)