Dad is typically a little surprised at the changes he sees in his daughter as she becomes an adolescent. He will need encouragement and a little direction to help him navigate the important role he has to inspire and support his daughter on her path to becoming a young adult.
When your child was very young, it was your job to guide their choices and strongly impress your opinion upon them. That was the right thing to do.
If you have a daughter who is about 5 to 7 years old, now is the time to begin special talks with her about her body. My description for the spirit behind these talks is “celebration.” Helping her understand how she is special as a girl is something to be celebrated.
Little girls are curious about where babies are growing inside the mommy’s tummy. They are also a little confused because they thought food was in mommy’s tummy. Using some anatomy terms, we can easily erase the confusion.
The number one challenge I hear from parents who are raising adolescent children is their frustration over their child’s up and down emotions. The constant arguing, disrespectful responses, and abrupt angry moments can be daily occurrences. I understand how parents feel and I don’t have a magic answer to change this. But I do have one suggestion that could be helpful in your relationship with your child.