Some tips for communicating with your adolescent daughter.
If you’re the parent of a daughter, you know one thing for certain. Girls are complicated creatures, especially during the adolescent years, when their emotions seem to prevail over all else. While they aren’t afraid to speak up, it’s often difficult to get behind the words to understand what it is they really mean. Susan Shafer, co-author of Why Girls Talk and What They’re Really Saying elaborates. ” Girls will often come to you with all these stories, lots of information, they’ll be mad at you and say ‘I hate you. I don’t want to listen to you”. They’re much more vocal about the way that they feel, but what children really mean is ‘I’m scared about something. I’m feeling rejected. I’m worried about something.’ We encourage parents not to take those kinds of comments personally, but rather, try to sit down with your daughter, give her a few minutes to tell her what she’s really feeling. ”
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