Our culture is so toxic that an increasing number of young girls are suffering from a growing list of troubles – from low self-esteem and anxiety to depression and eating disorders.
What’s the answer? It isn’t so much a “what” as it is a “who.”
Mom, you are instrumental in helping your daughter navigate a world that is often against her. An effective way to do that is to be a good listener. Your daughter is much more likely to share her heart with you than with Dad. So, be available to her as much as possible. Her emotions may be unpredictable, and she may not want to talk when it’s most convenient for you. She may open up in the morning or later at night. Take advantage of her willingness to talk whenever she’s in the mood.
Most of all, make eye contact and listen. Allow your daughter to say what’s on her mind without interruption. Don’t finish her sentences or talk her out of her feelings. Before you offer advice, listen first. In most cases, she needs to be heard more than she needs guidance.
What else can you do?
Dr. Meg Meeker is with us on our “Best of 2021” Focus on the Family Broadcast “Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter” to share how to teach your daughter to turn to God and to trust Him. Thousands of girls have come through Dr. Meeker’s office. She has seen the challenges and the heartache that these girls and their parents often face. She offers practical wisdom that will help you make a huge difference in your daughter’s life.
Dr. Meeker’s book Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: Eleven Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy and Safe is available for a gift of any amount. For more information, visit our website or call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).