This podcast episode focuses on the unique challenges girls face and strategies to help them overcome or cope with those challenges with best-selling author, Rachel Simmons. Rachel’s book, Enough As She Is, comes out today, which provides parents and educators with ways to help girls move beyond the impossible standards of success that actually get in their way—and instead, help our girls to live healthy, happy, fulfilling lives.
Rachel Simmons is a bestselling author, educator and consultant helping girls and women be more authentic, assertive and resilient. Her latest release, Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, due out today from HarperCollins. Her previous work includes the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. As an educator, Rachel teaches girls and women the skills they need to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health.
In the past, we’ve talked about how society’s focus on success, grades, expected perfection and high achievement can create a fear of failure that actually and ironically hampers children’s ability to learn how to fail, rise from failure, gain confidence in themselves and ultimately succeed. But what are the unique pressures that are put on our today’s girls, in particular and how does it affect their ability lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives? Think about it. The best in sports, the front of the class, top model looks, top of the heap in popularity? Not to mention the mixed messages of “speak up” but not too assertively. Look sexy but not too obviously. Be the smartest but don’t act like you know it. For many girls today, the drive to achieve is both coupled with and driven by immeasurable self criticism and a crippling fear of failure. And while girls have enjoyed notable success in school, college enrollment and leadership, they are struggling—its an internal struggle that leaves them constantly wondering, am I enough? What more do I need to do? And ultimately, and sadly, assuring themselves that they will never be smart enough, successful enough, pretty enough, thin enough, popular enough, or sexy enough. What are we to do to help our girls not only survive adolescence, but thrive, knowing she is indeed, enough as she is?
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In any case, when you expect yourself to be perfect, you will always have a sense that you are not perfect enough, says @RachelJSimmons on #talktokids #podcast. Hear how we can ensure that each girl knows she is enough as she is->
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How do you tell your daughter she’s enough as she is? You just tell her. Here's how--courtesy of #talktokids #podcast guest, @RachelJSimmons->
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