Things to say instead of ‘You’re so pretty.”

There are so many things you can say to little girls other than “you’re so pretty!” A pet frustration of mine is when people talk to Everly and say things like “You’re such a princess”, “Aren’t you cute?” and “You look so pretty.” I’m not saying that I haven’t done it: of course I have, I think she’s beautiful! But I do try very hard to minimise these type of comments. I want her to know that she is more than her looks. That she’s clever, funny, curious, loving and a million other things that are more important than her exterior.

This short video from Buzzfeed Parents was such an eye opener for me. Do yourself a favour and take a few minutes out of your day to watch it. It made me so much more conscious of the language I use when talking to Everly!

Here are some easy alternatives to use when talking to little girls:

Creative
Funny
Focused
Gentle
Smart
Curious
Brave
Thoughtful
Clever
Fun

(For some more info, check out this article from Buzzfeed Parents, or this Huffington Post article by Lisa Bloom.)

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