The New Rules to Raising Girls
Our daughters will enjoy more opportunities than any generation before. Everywhere from the playroom (gender-neutral toys!) to the boardroom (CEO? Sure!). That's why the rules of raising confident girls have changed—and why you have to get hip to them, fast.
On baseball fields across the country, girls are taking their turns at bat—on the same teams as boys. Toy labs are creating girl versions of trucks and cars for kids as young as 12 months. In Washington, DC, women hold more congressional seats than ever. They're flooding into colleges and grad schools, and studying subjects, like medicine and law, that were almost entirely dominated by guys just a generation or two ago.
Our kids are growing up in an increasingly gender-neutral environment very different from our own. So how do we prepare them for…well, who knows? Because these days, a little girl could grow up to be anything from a housewife to the House majority whip and it would be totally acceptable. With a vast universe of opportunities up for grabs, it's important to raise girls who know how to reach for what they want—without knocking others out of the way. It means promoting not only their confidence but also their kindness, smarts, and a sense of sportsmanship.
It's a tall and tricky order for sure, but you can do it! We asked leading experts and real parents what today's girls need to succeed tomorrow. Here's the skinny on how to raise a lady in the 21st century.