How to help your daughter be more assertive

Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how to help their introvert daughters be more assertive and stand up for themselves
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How to help your daughter be more assertive

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Being assertive can really be a challenge for some girls. There is still a lot of pressure for girls to be nice and kind. I call it sometimes the tyranny of nice and kind because it can inhibit them from being assertive, appropriately expressing anger and standing up for themselves. One of the key things that you can do is to role model assertive behavior and let your daughter know that you're doing that. So, if you have a situation at work or with a friend and you're able to assertively address that, share that at home. Let your daughter know about that and then validate her for efforts that she makes, appropriately express her anger, be assertive and stand up for herself.

Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how to help their introvert daughters be more assertive and stand up for themselves

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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