"How In The Heck Do I Talk To My Sad Teenage Daughter?" - Signed A Father
I knew plenty of girls who were sad and others who would not talk to their father's about their problems when I was a teen girl. The reason they would avoid conversations with their fathers was due to their father's attitudes, but not fear. You may not be allowing your daughters to feel comfortable enough to talk to you. Let me help you out with sharing 5 ways to be more teen girl approachable.
1) Keep An Open Mind
2) Be Approachable
3) Do Not Make Her Feel Awkward
4) Space & Opportunity
5) It's Complicated
"Days are long, years are short" is a true quote. The teenage girl years do not last very long and all of this will become a memory. What I do is to enmesh myself into my girls' lives to make them tell me everything happening within their lives. I tell them frequently, "You can tell me anything; I don't care what it is, I am your mother and I will help you," which is also what my mother also told me. Honestly, there are a lot of "Oh God my baby" moments but when I receive a personally written letter that says, "Thank you for helping me Mommy and for always being there" from my girls, I know I have done something right. Even if I am about to scream aloud, "NOOOOOOOO."