8 Ways to Empower Your Girl

In 2007, Camp Kupugani, our Midwest overnight summer camp (near Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin) started with a single two-week girls-only camp focused on the empowerment of young ladies. Although we now offer boys-only, blended (intentionally co-ed), and a girls-only session, we are continually mindful of our female empowerment focus. We want every family to feel powerfully connected with their girl(s). A recent article described eight things you should do to empower your girl; check out our bullets below, with the full article here.

  • Believe in her.
    • Be her biggest fan.
    • If she doesn’t think you believe in her, she won’t believe in herself.
  • Validate that her worth comes from within–not via performance, appearance, or external successes.
    • Express how proud of her you are for the things she does.
    • Extend grace when she messes up.
    • She needs to know regardless of the performance that she is loved and valued.
  • Model self-awareness and self-care.
    • Acknowledge your own emotions.
    • Verbalize your emotions and why you are feeling them.
      • Even if you do not know what you are feeling, be open about that.
  • Show her how to respect herself and be confident.
    • Be a good example for your daughter to follow.
    • Show her how to respect herself.
  • Spend time with her.
    • Take her on mother-daughter dates (see our Pinterest page here for ideas).
    • Use chores as a way to spend time and teach your daughter lifelong skills.
    • Create traditions specific to your daughter(s) to help her feel special.
  • Give her space to make mistakes.
    • We can’t (and shouldn’t) try and stop children from making mistakes.
    • Our daughters need to learn to make good choices and live a responsible life; they won’t learn that without messing up. 
      • Support them in the ups and downs.
      • Setting the unattainable goal of perfection is the worst thing we can do.
      • Don’t force your beliefs upon your daughter(s).
  • Speak the truth about yourself and teach her to do the same.
    • Negative self-talk is harmful, especially to young children
    • If your daughter(s) says something negative about herself, have her say three positive things about herself.
  • Give her permission to disagree and say “No.”
    • This is not to be confused with disrespect.
    • She needs to know that is okay to say “no,” and that the word “no” matters. 
    • If she doesn’t feel like her “no” is respected by a parent, she won’t develop the confidence to say no outside of the home. 

Source article: Hope in Affliction

Kupugani touches on all the core values and enrichment that we hope to instill in our [child]. My husband and I absolutely love Camp Kupugani. Our [child] gained immensely from camp.

Lisa G.

Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
my [child] looking up to and spending time with.

Laura V.

[My daughter’s] face lights up when she speaks about camp, it’s a priceless experience.

Kenya P.

I have never come in contact with such a wonderful group of people at a camp before. Everyone did an outstanding job, the camp was so organized, it was unbelievable.

Joe M.

She absolutely loves the camp, the staff, and all the friends she makes there. I consider Kupugani to be a big influence in helping her grow and expand her mind each summer.

Luci A.

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