Times have changed and being a teenager is tougher than ever. Your daughter is going through troubles, doubts and concerns that you couldn't have imagined when you were her age. But, parents are not mind readers, so, how do you get your daughter to talk instead of expecting you to read her mind.
Even though eye rolls are second nature for teen girls, all they really want is to know that their parents care. A girl needs to know that how she feels and what she is challenged with, really matters to her parents, far more than they might think. So, it is important to reach out to them and ask questions. By starting small and easy, she will know the support is there for her without being pushy.
Put Shame and Blame Aside to Create a No Judgement Zone For Teen Girls
If parents put shame and blame aside and create a no-judgement zone where teens feel safe enough to tell the truth, and where they can feel parental love and acceptance no matter what they share, they are far more likely to open up. A big fear girls have that prevents them from talking to their parents is having the information somehow used against them, such as lecturing, making her feel ashamed, or preventing her from having an experience.
Teen girls find that seeing the human side of their mothers comforts them and creates an intimacy they treasure. By allowing daughters to know some of their mothers vulnerabilities, insecurities or challenges. allows them to have even more empathy and respect for their mothers and how they’ve handled situations.
Ultimately, what teen girls want is for parents to listen to them, without flying off the handle or necessarily jumping right in and trying to fix their problems for them. In a way, it kind of comes down to finding that delicate balance between being a parent and being a friend. But a good relationship is where the parents treat their daughters with the same love, respect and openness they are wanting in return.
Trinity Teen Solutions is a Christian focused residential treatment center for troubled girls. They offer a nurturing environment with highly-trained staff to help teen girls get through a highly structured curriculum. They focus on self-discipline and accountability through comprehensive counseling, which are the perfect conditions for helping girls gain the tools they need to deal with their issues. Parents, if your child needs these critical services, call Trinity Teen Solutions at 855-631-4424.
If your daughter is having trouble in this area, TTS can provide the right catalyst for her complete healing. Their Admissions Specialist is on standby, call 855-631-4424, today.