'Elevate Her' helps girls build self-esteem

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Self-esteem can be a fragile thing, especially for girls as they grow up. Wednesday, we talked to a woman who's making a special effort to maintain a healthy outlook in young women.

Ari Squires, a life coach, talked to us about ways to help build self-esteem in young girls.

"As a parent, watch out for how she's talking about herself and her image and also how she's talking about other people. You want to make sure she's not doing a lot of negative self talk to herself. You want her to speak positive thoughts," said Squires.

She added, "You want to put positive reinforcements in their heads all the time and make them feel special and loved. Pay attention to that and her fears, what is she afraid of, what is she talking herself out of? Those are limitations that she's putting on herself."

According to Squire, "Putting her around like minded young ladies, that could help her to be able to realize who she is and her potential."

Squire talked to us about Elevate her. "We teach them leadership, finances and a lot of things they are not learning in school... etiquette, self-esteem training, when to say things, the proper things, dining etiquette, a whole slew of things."

As for the person who would be counseling your child, Squire said, "All our counselors are trained and we have life coaches like myself. Parents who have experience and gone through things are there to help us. Ot's on a volunteer basis."

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