If you’re the parent of a young girl, whether she’s still a child, currently a tweenager, or has already reached those challenging teenage years; you’ll understand that it’s getting harder to keep a calm and happy home. The dreaded hormones will be enroute, and they’ll affect her mood, to the point where your household atmosphere has become an unpredictable place. It’s difficult for any parent to see their little ones grow up so fast; however, it’s important that you get onboard with the process, and make it as positive as possible for everyone involved. The tweenage and teenage years with your daughter don’t have to be something you dread; it’s an important time in their life, where they grow and develop into the young adult they’ll eventually become.
And, don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do, improve, and change along the way to ensure that your kids are as happy as possible so that they are able to thrive more independently as the months and years pass. The main thing is that you enjoy as much time with them as you can before they fly the nest (sob). The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice, to help parents of (nearly) teenage girls to ensure that their daughters are happy and doing as well as possible, through great communication, and independence.
Check Up On Their Environment
Don’t automatically assume that your tweenager is arriving home in distress, or upset, merely because of their age. Your (not-so) little girl might be dealing with bullying or an unhelpful teacher, or they might just not be reaching their full potential at school, so they feel frustrated. Therefore, make sure that you’ve explored every option regarding their current and future education. Whether you look into a high school for girls or feel like a mixed environment would suit your daughter better; you need to start by talking to her. Communication is the best way to get the most out of your kids. If they’re not saying much; talk to other parents, and their teachers; this is a great way to gauge if anything is going on at school that you should know about.
A Safe And Open Space
It’s crucial that your daughter feels like she has somewhere safe to return home to, and that you’re a protector, but also someone that she can be open with. Teenagers are notorious for keeping their feelings to themselves, so it’s down to you to keep the lines of communication open at all times. Ensure that they know they can ask you anything, and don’t need to feel embarrassed about certain issues. They’ll be experiencing changes; both physically and mentally, and it’s a lot to deal with, especially in a social-media-driven age. If they do have access to a phone, device, or computer; make sure that they’re made to switch off and have some time away from the screen regularly. Ask them questions, take her out for a treat on a Saturday to see how she’s doing, and keep the conversation going, even when her mood changes. The teenage years are never easy, but you can help to ensure that hers are the best they can be.
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