What messages are you sending to your daughter about what kind of a woman she will become?
As mothers, we shape our daughters’ confidence and sense of self in powerful ways. But we may not realize that what we do not say to our daughters, particularly about their bodies and the ordinary experiences of womanhood, may have far-reaching effects on their confidence across all aspects of their lives. Joyce McFadden, psychoanalyst and lead researcher on the ongoing Women’s Realities Study, joins Marti & Erin to discuss some of the thought-provoking findings from her research and clinical practice. This is a conversation that will challenge you to reflect on what you are – and are not – communicating to your daughter, whatever her age.
As a young girl, what messages did you receive from your mother or other adults about your body and your identity as a female? How are you doing things the same or differently with your own children, especially daughters? Please share your thoughts in our REPLY space!