*When you try to educate your daughter on important issues, present them in an interesting way (i.e., no boring statistics) specific to her. Start with a simple conversational approach and give her information that exposes various viewpoints and opinions. Mention how you think the issue relates to her life and allow her to develop her own opinion. Try doing the same with inspiring and fun issues as well as the problematic ones.
*Make sure to set aside regular times to have fun. This can include watching a TV show together, making and eating a meal together, volunteering for a good cause together, or even going on a road trip together.
*My mom and I have found that reading Daughters can be a great way to connect. Just reading one issue together can help create bridges in your relationship. It does not signify weakness to share parts of your life, such as your worries over your parenting abilities and fears about the challenges and dangers your daughter may face. Instead, sharing your vulnerability can strengthen your relationship. It’s not important that you agree with every article you read; what’s important is that you find ways to discuss perspectives about issues important to both girls and parents.
Like every other daughter and parent, we’ve had some bumps on our relationship road. But as I make my way through high school and prepare for my life away from home, I know that my journey has been so much smoother because the two people who put the roof over my head and food on my table also put a smile on my face every day.
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