How parents can help tween girls develop healthy self-esteem

  • Article by: JULIE PFITZINGER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Parents -- and others -- can help tween girls develop healthy self-esteem. Here's how.

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gunflintmamaJan. 6, 13 4:50 PM

Goodness gracious! I remember trying to leave the house for my first day of 8th grade (1972) in a pair of cut-off shorts. My papa grabbed my arm, pulled me back in the house, and the shorts (and panties) came down as I went over his knee. I "ended" up ten minutes late for school, and the modest skirt I wore provided little comfort for my poor bottom while sitting through that first hour of 8th grade German. It's the dawn of a new age. Let the tweens wear what they wish.

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SisterYosraJan. 7, 13 3:58 AM

Asalamu Alaykom, There is an alternative to dressing our young girls as mini-vixens or as boys. We can encourage modest dressing. Clothing can be loose and long not short, see-through and revealing. The girls who are allowed to wear alluring clothes might feel good staring in the mirror but feel exposed once they are on the street and at school. That overexposure can lead to covering up their beauty with over-eating; the fat becomes their extra layer. As women, we need to encourage our girls to keep their beauty to themselves more and not to be trading as a commodity or losing it all together by aping male fashions.

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jeankquamJan. 9, 1310:19 AM

You can find more info about adolescent female athletes along with advice for parents and coaches from associate director of UMN CEHD’s Tucker Center, Nicole LaVoi (mentioned in the article) on CEHD’s Vision 2020 blog: http://cehdvision2020.umn.edu/cehd-blog/concussions-female-athletes/. -Dean Jean Quam, UMN CEHD

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