I know I’m biased, but I think that my daughter, Madison, is beautiful.

I tell her all of the time and we are very close.

However, I’m also conscious that I don’t want her self-esteem to be solely attached to how she looks.

I’m also very aware that like all girls and women, there is much more to her than how she appears on the outside and I have a responsibility as a father to ensure that she doesn’t just fall for guys who compliment her on her appearance, but who appreciate every aspect of her.

So, here are 10 alternatives for fathers if they want to praise and encourage their daughters:

  1. Clever
  2. Creative
  3. Helpful
  4. Caring
  5. Courageous
  6. Kind
  7. Confident
  8. Generous
  9. Funny
  10. A Warrior

I want Madison (and her brothers) to grow up knowing that she is capable of anything and to believe that she is worthy of being loved for who she is, not for what she looks like.

I’m also aware that as a father, I am a huge influence on how she sees herself and what she thinks about herself.

I still think that she’s beautiful and I’m sure that I’ll slip every now and then and call her that, but I hope that this is surrounded by comments that highlight her other wonderful attributes.

Do you have any other alternatives to calling our daughters beautiful?

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