12/02/2011 05:26 pm ET Updated Dec 05, 2011

Rachel Simmons At TEDxWomen On Girls And Self-Esteem

On Thursday in New York, at the TEDxWomen Conference in midtown Manhattan, Rachel Simmons hosted a presentation about girls and self-esteem.

Simmons is the author of "The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence." She also runs the Girls Leadership Institute, which teaches girls between the ages of 7 and 18 how to be emotionally resilient and rebound from hardship and challenges.

HuffPost Parents sat down with Simmons to talk about the difference between raising a strong girl versus a strong boy. We delved into the topic of cyber-bullying and found out how a parent might monitor their daughter's online behavior -- without turning into her her stalker and losing trust in the process.

For Simmons, the challenge is in learning how to raise young women who personify resilience -- girls who move towards conflict and learn to persevere, rather than spend their lives shying away from it.