We often find ourselves complimenting little girls; their nicely plaited hair, beautiful dress, big eyes. And we use words such as cute, pretty, beautiful, gorgeous. Yes? It’s almost instinctive to compliment a little girl’s appearance, don’t you think?
A brilliant article “How to Talk to Little Girls” by Lisa Bloom encourages adults to ask little girls about ideas and books, instead of complimenting their looks. “Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything,” says Bloom.
What Bloom said in the article makes so much sense, and I am particularly fond of this…
Try this the next time you meet a little girl [ask her what she’s reading]. She may be surprised and unsure at first, because few ask her about her mind, but be patient and stick with it…Model for her what a thinking woman says and does.
Remember that choosing a meaningful conversation topic will make a profound difference in the long run. :)
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