Being called bossy is no fun. And I'm all for people not using the word "bossy" as negative shorthand for girls trying to flex their burgeoning leadership skills. But as one friend mentioned to me, maybe a better approach is teaching our girls to "stand up," rather than making them believe we can change the behavior of others.
I see it as my job as mom to help my girls be who they naturally are and to live out their lives, not those that "they" have prescribed are acceptable for her. I see it as part of my job as a media professional to help girls see positive images of themselves and to help young women become more of what they want to be.