Our culture is so toxic for young girls that an increasing number 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.” Mothers are instrumental in helping their daughters navigate a world that is often against them.
One of Mom’s key roles is being a good listener. Teen girls usually seek out Mom for advice and feel most comfortable sharing their heart with her.
Be available to her as much as possible. A teenager’s emotions can be unpredictable. Your daughter may not always 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. Make eye contact and listen.
Equally as important is allowing 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, be sure to listen first. In most cases, she needs to be heard more than she needs guidance.
What else can Mom do?
We’ll help you lay the foundation for making a huge difference in your daughter’s life on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter” with our guest Dr. Meg Meeker. Hear the program on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.
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 shares how moms can teach their daughters to turn to God and to trust Him.
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.