Raising A Confident Child

Yuki in the blue dress Hana made her
Yuki in the blue dress Hana made her

Hana raises both Yuki and Ame with equal love and attention as most parents do, but as they get older and their personalities become very distinct from one another we can begin to see how Ame and Yuki differ from one another. On one side we have the older sister Yuki, who is Hana’s first born, and she is raised to be a very caring and confident, but shy individual who is very proud of who she is in her own skin. “Between elementary and high school, a girl’s self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than a boy’s does, found the American Association of University Women”( Parents Magazine). There’s a point in time where Yuki is unable to relate to the girls at her school and she begs her mother to make her a girly dress to fit in better. Hana obviously does this for her daughter but sits down with Yuki and tells her that the dress can help as an ice breaker but to continue to be herself and that the girls will warm up to her and be her friend. What Hana is doing is giving Yuki that little boost of confidence that every child needs in their life to feel accepted and proud of who they are. Parents magazine’s article “The Secret to Raising a Happy Confident Girl” has four main steps that Hana effortlessly follows: Know your impact, Help her feel unique, Praise her imperfections, and Instill social confidence. Clearly since Yuki is part wolf she is a little different than most girls, and Hana repeatedly tells her and Ame not to be discouraged by their special lives and to live how they want to. She gives Yuki the confidence and strength to be the girl she wants to be and to fit in with the other students at school.