Emotional Issues of Growing Up
Puberty affects the whole family. Your daughter may experience an easy, carefree adolescence, or she may wrestle with emotional issues the whole way. Below are some issues your daughter might encounter, along with ways to help her cope with them.
- Moods can swing as hormones fluctuate. Be supportive and positive. Listen to her when she shares her concerns.
- Teenage girls are going to worry about their appearance, especially as compared to their friends and classmates. Remind her that she’s beautiful both inside and out. Praise her for academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements, too.
- Difference in the timing of development can become an emotional issue, especially for early developers and late bloomers. The best thing to do is to reinforce a positive physical and emotional self-image for your daughter.
- During puberty, kids start to develop independence. They want space from their parents. This is normal. Don’t take it personally if your kids want more room to grow. Respect their privacy, but be available to them. Despite what they say, your kids still need you.
- Friendships, even those forged in the playpen, may change as kids figure out who they are. Encourage your daughter to be herself and to enjoy a variety of friends.
- Girls may start noticing boys and develop crushes, either on someone in their class or on a celebrity or teacher. Exploring romantic feelings is part of the road to adulthood, but let kids know that they are probably not emotionally ready for a serious relationship at this point in their lives.
If you found this helpful, these articles and forums might help, too:
Article: Your Daughter’s Body Image
Article: Physical Changes During Puberty