RUMSON, N.J., Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --áIn an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Jo
Nikki P. Woods warns that in following this advice, parents can inadvertently be causing more psychological harm then they realize:
"The female mind is wired to notice, analyze and interpret other people's reactions toward her, " said Nikki P. Woods. "It is through these verbal and nonverbal cues that a female establishes her overall sense of identity and value in this world. Removing these essential affirmations can be devastating for the growth and development of a young girl."
Woods is referring to the biological truth that a female's identity is established through her interactions with others. The female brain is acutely aware of every subtle response whether it's words, actions and expressions. Identifying and assessing others' perceptions helps young women gain a greater understanding of their worth.
According to Woods, these following basic truths must be acknowledged:
As parents, Woods stresses that it's important to understand that throughout their developmental years, females thrive when receiving validation from others. This assists in their ability to become self-assured and confident women. Without praise, they spend their lives seeking validation from whoever is willing to provide it.
"This isn't about blindly removing all compliments that focus on a young girl's appearance,"Woods added. "It's simply about tailoring the way we compliment and validate females. Young girls need to hear authentic and specific affirmation regarding all aspects of who they are so they can establish a healthy and positive sense of self."
ABOUT NIKKI P. WOODS Nikki P. Woods is a psychotherapist who has dedicated her career to working with adolescent, teenage and young adult females. After earning her master's degree from New York University, Woods continued her research of female development from an academic, physiological and social perspective. She entered into private practice, where 15 years later, she continues to treat teenage females and their families. Through her work with this demographic, Woods has become one of the field's most sought after professionals; providing knowledge, support and guidance during an extremely vulnerable time for young women and their families.
For more on parenting young females, please visit http://www.nikkipwoods.com.
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