Girls Self Esteem

Calling Girls 'Fat' Can Lead To This

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living

Girls who were told they were fat at the age of 10 are more likely to be obese at the age of 19, according to the results of a new US study. The fi...

How To Have the Dreaded Sex Talk With a Teenager

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

Accept the fact that your teen could be sexually active: No matter how much we deny that our precious babies could be sexually active, the reality is what it is. No amount of wishing it away is going to change that fact. You're better off accepting reality and approaching them with love and compassion, than making their sex life about how good a parent you are -- or aren't.

Why I Won't Tell You You're Pretty

Devon Murphy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Devon Murphy

After reading Lisa Bloom's "How to Talk to Little Girls," I put a lot of effort into steering my comments away from children's looks. But a recent article on Slate called "How to Talk to a Woman Without Saying 'Great Boots'" was a reminder that it's not just little girls who need to be told they're worth more than their big blue eyes and stylish attire.

We're Raising Girls Who Hate Their Bodies

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Every day, our daughters are bombarded with lies. Ask any parent what they want most for their kids. The fallout from these lies is all around us. We are raising a generation of girls who hate their bodies and therefore hate themselves. Chances are, they'll say "For them to be healthy and happy." A girl who hates her body is neither.

Tell Your Daughters They're Beautiful

Darlena Cunha | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I don't think that complimenting a little girl on her looks chips away at her self-esteem. I cannot see how simply telling a girl she's pretty somehow translates into telling her she's not pretty enough.

The Top 10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The reality of being called "mom" or "dad" means that you're gonna have to bend the truth somewhat. The lies parents tell their kids range from the ridiculous to the sublime. These lies can range from a simple white lie to a real doozy. It's all just a matter of scale. Whatever it takes, right?

Girls Action Foundation: How Do We Empower Girls in Canada?

Saman Ahsan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Saman Ahsan

As Canadian girls grow up, they're told time and again that they can be whoever they want to be. The reality is far less ideal. Despite having more educational opportunities than ever, many girls are still confronted with violence and low self-esteem - sometimes with grave consequences.

Raising a Confident Daughter

Erika Katz | Posted 03.25.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

Whether your daughter asks about shaving, getting her period, wearing makeup or having sex, you should be thoughtful and understanding even if you are uncomfortable. Do not change the subject, make her feel ashamed for asking, or tell her she is too young for such talk.

'Mommy, I'm Not As Pretty As Madison': What Do You Do?

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 11.27.2011 | Canada Living

Kids enter the world oblivious to our harsh standards of beauty. When baby girls take their first steps, they know nothing about supermodels, airbrush...

No More Little Girls In Bikinis: Parents, It's Up To You

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.29.2011 | Canada Living

After a summer of controversial photo shoots featuring young girls in lingerie and padded push-up bras, parents may be breathing a sigh of relief as c...