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Tips for Teen and Tween Girls’ Parents

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Parenting is such a rewarding journey, but this doesn’t mean there won’t be bumps along the way. There’s a saying that no two siblings have the same parents. This implies that said parents had changed while navigating parenthood for one child as opposed to the other. Now, here’s another tidbit that you probably need to hear: no parent has had the same child throughout their life. 

Who your child was at four years old isn’t the same person at age 9, or worse, when they enter their tweens and teens. These teen and tween years are filled with growth, change, hormones and quite a bit of drama. How you help your kids navigate this growth phase significantly influences their self-esteem and personality and, not to be dramatic, their futures. So, as a parent in this boat, you’re probably scouring for all the parenting tips and tricks you can find. Do not fret. That is what we’re here to offer. 

Here are some pearls of wisdom to help you guide your daughter through these pivotal years with grace, understanding, and perhaps a sprinkle of humor. 

Let’s begin. 

1. Open The Communication Lines

The secret to successfully navigating these years lies in communication. It’s not just the big talks that count; often, it’s the small, everyday chats that matter most. Be present and available, ensuring your daughter knows that she can discuss anything with you, from the subjects she likes to trivial things like boys. You have to be her confidante. To achieve this, sometimes you’ll only have to listen without passing judgment, and other times, you’ll be a gentle guide. This way, you’ll encourage her to share her thoughts and respect her viewpoints. 

2. Embrace The Changes (Even The Awkward Ones)

Parents were once teens and tweens. Remember how awkward it was? That’s how she’s probably feeling every day. Physical, emotional, and social changes are all part of the process. Our tip? Start the conversations early. Discuss everything from body changes to emotions openly and compassionately. One thing about adults is that they have a wealth of experience-based knowledge, so draw from this. Let her feel seen, heard and aware that it’s only a phase, that this too shall pass. This is how she’ll learn to value your opinion and input, and when she does, introduce her to the high-quality, comfortable essentials from Bleuet designed for her changing body. This way, the transition can be smoother.

3. Celebrate Her Uniqueness

At this age, she probably just wants to fit in, and she might try to hide her uniqueness. This is where you come in; celebrate it. Draw examples from figures she idolizes and remind her they didn’t hide the traits that made them special. Encourage her to engage in activities and hobbies that bring her joy and confidence. Whether she’s into sports, arts, science, or anything else, showing genuine interest in her passions bolsters her self-esteem and personal growth.

4. Educate Her About Social Media

In this digital era, social media plays a significant role in the lives of teens and tweens. It offers a platform for expression and connection but also presents challenges. Teach your daughter about the realities of social media, including the importance of privacy and the risks of cyberbullying and grooming. Encourage her to use social media positively and constructively and monitor her usage and experiences.

5. Promote Body Positivity

Remember how awkward you felt in your body at that age and try to steer her mindset towards body positivity. Body image issues can emerge early, influenced by media, peers, and societal pressures. Foster a healthy body image by modeling positive self-talk and healthy behaviors. Refrain from criticizing your own or others’ bodies in her presence. Focus on health, strength, and capabilities rather than appearance. You might need Bleuet’s product range to support her comfort and confidence and, ultimately, help her love and accept her body at every stage.

6. Encourage Empathy and Kindness

Teenage girls are often mean, so you’ll need to teach her empathy and its importance in the world so she doesn’t become another teen bully, which the world doesn’t need more of. Encourage her to understand and respect different viewpoints and to act with kindness and compassion. Volunteer together or support causes she’s passionate about. These experiences give perspective and will consequently enhance her emotional intelligence and connection to the world.

7. Enjoy the Journey Together

Lastly, remember to savor the journey. These years will go by quickly, and amid the challenges, there will be countless moments of joy, laughter, and bonding to be cherished. Plan girls’ days out, enjoy movie nights and seize opportunities to connect and create memories. Your relationship will evolve, but these moments will lay the foundation for a lifelong bond.

Conclusion

Parenting teen and tween girls is a remarkable journey filled with ups and downs. By embracing change, fostering open communication, and celebrating her unique path, you’ll help your girls navigate these years successfully. You’ve got this!

 

Jeff Campbell