As your teenager continues to grow, he will go through several processes especially when it comes to developing their emotional intelligence as well as their social skills. These may cause unnecessary stress on the part of your kid, which is why it is essential that you stay with her all throughout. One of the things that you need to ensure is to make yourself available whenever your daughter needs some advice or assistance. Take note that a teen can have difficulty in dealing with her issues.
Below are some of the things that your daughter may have problems with:
Wrong Set Of Friends
According to Susie Raskin MA, LMHC “Socializing is incredibly important to teens. It’s part of their developmental process. As anyone that has a teen or worked with teens knows, friendships are crucial.” If your teenage daughter’s friends are people who have a bad influence on her, then be sure to find tactics on how to keep her away from them. Make an effort to let your daughter see the negative side of her friends. However, it is essential to do it the right way. Do not put your child in a compromising situation. Avoid embarrassing her so that she will not resent you.
This is somehow related to the first item above. A wrong set of friends can increase the tendency of experiencing drug addiction for your daughter. Because of this, it is your responsibility to remind her on a constant basis about the adverse effects of using prohibited drugs and other illegal substances. You can also try an intervention and see if it will work correctly. “Addiction develops over time, as a person continues to use a substance and grows more dependent on it.” Hailey Shafir, LPCS, LCAS, CCS-I said.
A teen that is about to enter an adolescent age has a high possibility to engage in sexual activities, especially if she has no proper sex education. As a parent, you must make her feel that she can open up to you about any topic that comes into her mind. As much as possible, avoid judging her curiosity so that she will continue to seek your advice. Try to start a conversation about premarital sex to your daughter and explain its consequences.
Another issue that could be damaging to your child’s well being is alcohol abuse. Being too much intoxicated can affect her health. At the same time, it can also result in getting low grades at school, losing some real friends and suffering from depression. Do not let this happen to your daughter. What you need to do is to avoid being controlling. Take note that the more you try to take hold of her life, the more she will become resistant to your help. Instead, talk to her calmly. Find the right time to discuss her issues regarding alcohol. But Dr. Howard Samuels, PsyD reminds everyone that “Admitting you have a problem is the first step in treating your addiction. However, due to the nature and the danger of this disease, simply just stopping on your own is highly unadvisable.”
If the things mentioned above will not work, do not worry because you are not left without any recourse. Online therapy is still an option that you could explore with your daughter. The availability of online therapists makes it easier for several individuals, especially teens, to deal with their life issues. Be with your daughter as she embarks on this journey of finding herself again through therapy. What is important is to make her feel that she can always run to you no matter what happens.