We talk about the importance of teaching girls that it’s okay to say “no”.
Say “no” to peer pressure, “no” to unwanted sexual advances, “no” to people who want to dominate, objectify or exploit them. I even tell my daughter to say “no” to family and friends who demand she kisses them when she doesn’t want to.
But what about teaching girls to say “yes”?
Last week, I realised that I needed to explicitly tell my six-year-old daughter that it’s okay to say “yes” after watching her refuse some money from our neighbour.