An encouragement to start talking to your soon to be teen - regularly!
If you ask a young woman if her mother spoke with her about puberty and preparation for starting her period, she might say, “No, I learned from my friends.” More then likely, when you ask her mom if she had “the talk” with her daughter, she will say “Yes.” Often, the reason is that unless there was something momentous about the occasion; it may not have been memorable enough for the daughter to recall.
The interesting thing about this, though, is that the disconnect between mom and daughter doesn’t have to happen. One benefit of having a discussion about something that may be uncomfortable or just plain new is it sets up a pattern of confiding that will last a lifetime. This is especially important during the teen years, when girls have a lot of concerns and questions about life and the stressors that she faces during adolescence. And (for moms,) don’t you want to be the one your daughter comes to when she wants to talk about her problems or just needs a trusted perspective?
Here are some helpful tips to have a memorable and helpful talk with your daughter:
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