Without intervention, girls' confidence drops between the ages of 8 and 14.
In the New York Times article "The Confidence Gap for Girls: 5 Tips for Parents of Tween and Teen Girls, " Claire Shipman, Katty Kay, and JillEllyn Riley offer advice for parents.
- Encourage your daughters to take risks and move beyond what they know they already do well.
- Take the fear out of failure.
- Encourage your daughter to train her brain to think about possibilities (not diaster).
- Be a role model for risk and failure.
- Embrace the bumps.