Despite increased education, a new crop of powerful and inspiring female leaders, and (some) advanced economic and social opportunities for women, many people still have a tendency to talk to girls exclusively about their appearance. Compliments are focused on physical characteristics like clothes or hair.

Check out this great piece by author Kasey Edwards on breaking down these harmful practices and engaging with girls the same way society tends to interact with boys – based on their interests, goals, and opinions. 

If you have trouble talking to kids in general, try some of Edwards’ conversation openers:


-What do you want to be when you grow up?

-What’s your favourite book/sport/animal/song?

-How old are you?

-What are you going to do today?