Encourage Quiet Time and Meditation
If your daughter is getting ready for a big date or dance, encourage her to unplug before the event. Ask her to turn off her cell phone, computer and music and just relax and breathe. By letting her mind quiet down, Dawn says your daughter will have better control over her decision-making and emotions. "So when [she] walks out to that date with that boy, she can at least feel that she is herself," Dawn says.
Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
Don't just tell your daughter she should eat healthy and exercise. Instead, explain to her the mental and physical benefits of eating well and staying active, Dawn says. "Try making it a fun experiment for a week or weekend to see how [different] foods make you feel. Start with sugar and vegetables—promote it as a trial and record the results. There is little young women will not do to feel able, calm and in control," Dawn says.
Hug Your Daughter Often
Girls often lash out at their parents during their teenage years. Instead of backing away from your daughter when she is behaving badly, embrace her, Dawn says. "Physically hug them," Dawn says. "Even if they slap you and walk away and reject you, [a hug] is what they need—unconditional love."
Get to Know Her
You don't have to have a daily heart-to-heart with your daughter to get insight into her issues and problems, Dawn says. Instead, connect with her on something simple she's interested in, such as music or makeup. Let your daughter pick a weekly activity or class focused on her interests that you both can take together. Spend that time—at least two hours a week—focusing on your daughter and the task at hand. "She most likely won't acknowledge it, but it feeds her soul to know she was your universe for those two hours," Dawn says.
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