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Michelle Obama got the chance to dance Tuesday with a 2-year-old girl who was in awe of the former first lady's portrait. (CNN) Watch out Jess, there's a new "New Girl" in town. Actress Megan Fox is joining the cast of the hit Fox sitcom "New Girl" as a sales rep. It's important to raise girls who know how to reach for what they want—without Meet the new girl: Parenting a gender-neutral generation.
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Girl meets Pope. Girl steals his hat. - CNN
And it wouldn't have been a hit if these two didn't make people fall in love with Lucy and Ricky every week. There are more gender-neutral toys on the market than ever, from building-block sets with both male and female figurines to a new Easy-Bake oven that comes in sleek black and chrome instead of pink or purple did someone say chocolate-chip cookies?
Speaking of providing variety, it's also a good idea to try out a couple of playdates with boys if there are no brothers or male cousins in your kid's social circle. Don't force it if your daughter's really not into it and especially as she hits the tween years, she may not bebut at least sometimes ask, "Hey, how about we see if Zack wants to come over?
Zack may know a few more rough-and-tumble games than your daughter does. Or who knows, maybe she'll introduce him to tag, and he'll show her the joys of making pictures with sidewalk chalk.
Either way, being comfortable around the opposite sex is a big plus these days since we're increasingly a society in which men and women work closely together in school, in the workplace and, maybe soon, on the battlefield, too. Hopefully not too soon on that one for anyone of either sex. Being a terrific team player The days of girls' sitting on the sidelines, or limiting themselves to a cheerleader role, are long gone and good riddance to them, we say.
Nowadays they're expected not only to try sports but to be good team players both on and off the field, in academics as well as athletics.
How do you instill in your daughter a can-do spirit and these kinds of high standards? Introducing her to a sport at a young age can help her get in the groove. It's smart to foster a healthy sense of competition, too: Explain to your girl that you expect her to always play her best, even if she's facing off against pals.
That's not to say you should teach her to pursue victory at all costs, but she should know that only one team can win, and it's OK to want it to be hers. Girls may often feel it's unfriendly to go for the gold or, in your kid's case, a plastic gold trophy with "Achievements in X Sport" emblazoned on itthanks to the tradition that they should "play nice. So take extra care to teach your mini-Mia Hamm that she doesn't have to be so hard on herself when things don't go her way.
What to do when kids defy gender roles "Pick out something specific that your child did well, or better than she did the last time she played: Let her know that "You are not responsible for the feelings of others, but you certainly can take actions that allow you to be respectful of your teammates, friends, self and rules of the game," Silby says.
You can start setting these standards earlier than you think. Knowing her true worth lies in her inner beauty "When you think about it, it's strange to be so focused on externals for our girls, but we often are," says Carol Gilligan, author of the groundbreaking gender-studies book "In a Different Voice.
Girl meets Pope. Girl steals his hat.
Why does your girl have to wear a skirt or dress to look extra-nice? And what's even more important is that she is nice. Is she caring, empathetic and sympathetic? Is she a good listener, and if she sees that another child is feeling left out or having a hard time, does she reach out to him? Those are the qualities we need to encourage.
For Shannon McCormick of Columbus, Ohio, mom of 3-year-old Sophie, the trick lies in mixing inner-beauty compliments in with the usual ones: It's what made Apple so successful -- and it can work magic for your daughter, too. When she grows up, some of the best careers will use skills that are typically more encouraged in guys, in fields such as science and tech.
Which means we've got to move away from the old days fast, when girls were called geeks if their interests weren't totally fem-tastic. Here are some ways to help your girl stay confident outside the old-school comfort zones: Give her a magnifying glass and read a few library books about how great worms are for the soil. And let her know it's cool to have that kind of curiosity. Explain that other girls have become famous and won awesome prizes at science fairs.
The gals swept Google's first-ever science fair a couple of years ago, in fact, scoring big bucks.