Transitioning Teens: Resources for Raising Girls
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As the mother of three boys, I am keenly aware of how challenging it can be to raise a teenager. As the aunt of four girls — one of whom has successfully transitioned into adulthood and two of whom are in the midst of the transition — I'm confident in making the assumption that raising boys is different than raising girls. I absolutely love my nieces, but watching from the outside, even I could tell the challenges were different. Having been a teenager, I can remember the friction between my parents and me. They simply did not understand.
For today's parents, there is an opportunity to bridge the gap and achieve mutual understanding with their teen girls.
Lisa Damour, PhD, recently appeared on WGHP's Mommy Matters to discuss her book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. For parents struggling to navigate the chaos inherent to raising teenage girls, Damour offers refuge by providing structure and guidance.
The biggest takeaway from the New York Times bestseller? There is method to the madness. Damour not only offers a framework for identifying and understanding the transitions teen girls experience, she also provides a discussion guide and video series that complement the book.
Yes, I have boys. But I have nieces, one of which has yet to hit the teen years. If I do a little reading, I just might become the most understanding — as well as coolest and most beloved — aunt that ever lived. And you never know. Someday, I just might have a granddaughter.
Watch the Mommy Matters segment: