Anahid Lisa Derbabian, a licensed professional counselor, says parents should teach their daughters what it means to be passive, aggressive and assertive.
"If a friend or classmate verbally attacks her, bullies her, or if anyone gives her a hard time, by learning to be assertive she can speak up for herself in ways that show self-love, self-confidence, strength, and yet a proper handling of situations," Derbabian said.
Passive people tend to give up power to others, and those who are taught to be aggressive may handle situations in ways that may serve them at the expense of others. These behaviors include overreacting, becoming angry, loud, impatient, using threats, force, or intimidation, and not showing sensitivity to others, or the real desire to resolve a situation in healthy ways.
"When a girl is taught to be assertive through her parents' guidance, appropriate modeling, and repetition, she can learn to stay in the present and experience life's opportunities and challenges with confidence," Derbabian said.