Yes! Your girl is growing and so is her mind and body. Will she be able to accept the changes that her body will make? A question that bothers every parent!
Your girl has entered the new period of her life, ‘The Teen Age’. She is 13 now; she is in her adolescence where she will witness tremendous changes in her mind and body. These changes are a part of life is all she knows. So, how you as a parent make her comfortable with all the changes happening?
Go talk to her
Your girl needs to understand much more than all she understands and sees. Adolescence is not easy. Many girls at this stage of life go self-conscious seeing their body grow.
Changes like increase in body fat, enlargement of breasts, acne, first menstrual period, hair growth on underarms and widening of hips make a girl more concerned about herself. Above all, a change in behaviour is the most important issue one should be taking care of. In adolescence, kids tend to get more irritable than usual and this results in pushing oneself into the habits that the society does not allow.
Do not ever think that your child has changed because this is what affects everything. Even you’ve been through this, you need to explain this to her. However, it is important for you to tell your teen that everything is not due to the effects the hormones are doing on her body. She needs to control what she does for a better future and she is answerable for all she does.
Help your daughter know everything she should
Don’t worry if your once polite girl has starting behaving in a rude way because it’s just a phase and the values you have taught her all through her childhood will surely come back. It is not easy to talk and help an all-new moody teen, as they most of the times just don’t want to talk to their parents.
- Your daughter would confide in her friends more than you, thinking that her friends would understand her better. It is ok if she does so. It is rather important to give your girl a little space.
- Tell her that even you went through all of this and that you are always there for your daughter when she needs you.
- Keep those communications with your teen as open as they can be.
- Respect her need of privacy.
- Your daughter’s concerns are not to be ignored. No matter how small they may seem to you, they may be important to your daughter and she may feel hurt and embarrassed at the same time.
- Encourage your daughter to rest and go to bed early. Teens need a lot of sleep and make sure she gets it. This is important for the constant development of her mind and body.
- Exercises like some morning walks and yoga are good for your girl. This helps keep a check on her moods and also acts as a great mode of distraction the feelings your daughter may be having.
- Help boost her self-esteem and shaping her body that can be an issue for life with the help of cardio and sports.
- When on their menstrual periods, girls become a lot more lethargic. Exercises can help reduce pains and lightening up their moods.
- Pressure from peers becomes an important issue to be taken care of because these pressures may be both good and bad.
- Know your daughter’s friends. Encourage her to bring them home and try having fun with them.
- Indulge your teen into activities she feels like doing. Don’t ever force her.
This stage too shall pass like all other stages in life.
All The Best Mommies!!
She is becoming an Adult.