If you are wondering about raising a teenage daughter then I think I can help you. Raising a teenage daughter can be hard at the best of times and is one of the true tests of becoming an adult yourself and your self discipline. I applied some timeless principles of relationships and now my daughter and I get on like a house on fire whenever we meet. Here are some of my top tips for those raising a teenage daughter.
Listen Openly – You have to listen openly to your teenage daughter. She will have trouble telling you things if you are always judgmental and closed minded. When she is talking or trying to tell you something try and see it as if you were in her position. Remember how hard it was being a teenager? All those social pressures and bodily changes. Also, when she is talking, try and keep your mind focused on what she is saying even if it is hard. Try your best not to be preparing your response as you cannot truly hear what the other person is saying through your mental noise.
Give Honest Appreciation – Everyone wants to be loved and especially teenagers. When they are going through these tough times all they want to know is that people are there that love them unconditionally. It sounds cheesy but it is true. Honestly appreciate things about her whenever you can. You will never get this day again to see your teenage daughter grow up. Pick something, anything each and every day.
Recognise they are becoming adults – When your teenage daughter is growing, you have to recognize that she is becoming an adult now and it is sometimes hard to admit this. She may want things like more independence and this is a natural thing. You can give her these things without her moving out by giving her more responsibility around the house.