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Raising girls: 7 BIG ideas

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Girls have a head start on boys in the academic stakes but life these days is not all smooth sailing for girls. They are often harder on themselves than boys, more likely to be perfectionists; and have more fears. Girls, like boys, benefit enormously from having parents who are attentive to their needs.   Here are seven BIG tips for raising great girls:   1. Help girls face up to their fears rather than avoid them or be overwhelmed. Research shows that girls have more fears than boys. These include both developmental fears (e.g. fear of separation from parents as a toddler) and learned fears (e.g. fear of dogs). Some experts believe that this increase in fearfulness is related to overprotective parenting. Help girls confront their fears, rather than avoid them.   2. Get girls outside from a young age to build their confidence. Girls really benefit from s...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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