Raising an adolescent daughter is emotionally challenging for most parents. Girls in the 10+ age group tend to begin a long period of time, several years, when their opinions and ideas change considerably from the more simple ideas of their childhood days. They are changing because of the effects of both brain development and hormonal changes happening to their body. They are also fighting their way into a more independent lifestyle that brings greater emotional challenges into their lives.
I thought this picture captured how most moms feel most of the time when they are raising young teenagers … in over their head!
Seeing blood has always been a sign that something is very wrong. It’s important that our daughters learn that menstrual blood does not mean something is wrong. It is the result of a healthy cleansing of the inside of the uterus. It is good for us.
If your daughter is in that 13-year-old age group, her body has already reached sexual maturity. Now it’s time to change the topics we want her to understand so she is better prepared for choices she will need to make in her future.
Each family is unique in how they talk to their sons about reproduction. Until they are about 15 years old, the focus is usually on the changes that are happening to them during puberty. But, now that puberty is over, it is time to continue those discussions by including information about how it is different for girls. [Read more…]