Parent Child Relationship
Your little girl is changing,
find out how to build a relationship that will last.
Like any relationship, the parent child relationship goes through many changes over time as both the parent and the child grow and develop. But during the teenage years, sometimes that relationship can be strained due to the rapid acceleration of changes in the life, development and personality of the teenager.
If you have a teenage daughter, sometimes you can feel like you don’t even know this girl anymore. You may be thinking, “What happened to my little girl?” But it’s critical to understand—while you’ve been busy with work & life, your little girl became a young woman. It happens fast. These days it seems it’s happening even younger than ever before. These girls are being exposed to so much of the adult world so young, they have to adapt much more quickly than they can sometimes handle.
They are still young and inexperienced, but now they have to deal with issues that used to be only adult territory. Sex, drugs, body image, media culture influences are everywhere and your daughter is trying to make sense of it all without the life experience you have already gained.
It is critical to your daughter’s future that during this time you do all you can to establish and maintain a healthy parent child relationship. Teenage girls need positive role models. They have plenty of friends. What they need is an adult to guide them, give them advice, help them make good choices and discover who they are and help them get where they want to go. They need to know they are loved and celebrated. They need you to take time to listen to them. They need you to be there and be interested. They need to know they can trust you with their feelings, hopes, dreams. They need to know you value them. They need you to be their safe place in the world.
When they know these things, they don’t have a void to fill with drugs, sex, anger. They won’t feel the need to act out, rebel to get your attention. They won’t be lost and look to the wrong sources for direction.
It’s hard work, we know. But it’s so worth it. Remember, that parent child relationship that you build today will be the adult friendship you will have tomorrow. It’s an investment in your child that can pay back big time in your own life. Now go give her a hug.
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