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Just when I thought I had this whole ‘raising a teenage daughter thing’ sorted. Her head spun 180 degrees of its own accord to make her resemble something more out of the “Exorcist” movie than the beautiful butterfly that was stretching her wings to flitter in-and-out of my life.
Of course, it’s in these moments that I try to remind myself that the pressures on a young woman in this day-and-age are more prevalent than they’ve ever been.
Parents, employers, educational institutions not to mention peer groups, boyfriends and advertisers are all weighing in on our daughters with conflicting opinions and advice that if we are not careful could boil over to negatively affect her. Throw still-developing hormones into the pressure-cooker and it is no wonder they can steam over every now-and-again.
It is no secret that young woman act and operate very differently to our young men.
Continuing from my previous blog on supporting our young males, let’s talk about how we can guide and encourage our young females through this intriguing time of discovery.
The pressure on our young women to be thin, have the latest clothes, wear make-up, have perfect hair, teeth, and ‘OMG’ the list goes on. Teaching our young women that looking perfect is the way to becoming successful is quite frankly wrong.
Girls think and do things quite differently to young men, they tend to be more emotional at this time about everything weather it’s an exam coming up, pleasing their parents, or maybe the way they look (well no not maybe). It is very important to keep in regular contact, ways to guarantee this is to organise shopping and lunch, of course you pay. Great way to check in and see if she is struggling with anything, such as, living costs, food, clothing or adapting to a new environment like flatting, university. Let us not forget keeping healthy and well.
Ways as a parent you can support your precious young lady:
These wee gestures may be just what she needs in her changing, busy young life. Remember, as busy parents we can be a bit forgetful, at the end of each conversation I always tell my girls I love them