Preparing your child for life seems like an endless task. Even when your child reaches adulthood you will surely still want to protect him and teach him. Some advice will always come to mind, at any age. Our children face similar difficulties and obstacles in life but each gender has some specific issues that they need to take care of. Having a daughter comes with lots of joy but also hard work. Girls usually are more into fashion, need more clothes, want to buy accessories and make-up, are usually picky about their toys and have specific interests. Here are some things that girls usually face, and ways to help and guide them through these issues:
Clothes and fashion.
Girls are usually more interested in fashion and clothes. Try to help your daughter develop her own style. Don’t push her to wear the things that are trending at the moment and encourage her to find the colors that she loves and the designs that she finds interesting. Style is who we are and everybody deserves a chance to express it. Clothes can be colorful and fun so encourage your daughter to wear brave colors and not care what people think if they make her happy. She deserves to feel great in her clothes and enjoy wearing them.
Boys and love.
When your daughter start to be interested in boys, have the patience to listen to her. Try to understand her and use some empathy while she expresses her feelings. Remember that you were at that age and maybe had similar problems. Our love-problems seem huge when we are young and she needs somebody to understand and take her seriously. If you want to develop a relationship of trust and friendship with your daughter, take some time to listen to her and give her some advice about boys. Don’t force her to move her attention away from boys since this will make her even more interested.
Sexuality is a topic that should discussed in a relaxed manner. Your children should understand that sexuality is a normal part of our lives. If you want her to talk about these things mainly with you, try to approach your child first. She might be too anxious to open this topic so you could help her out and explain some basic things. It won’t hurt to hear them from you and not from unreliable sources.
This is an important topic for your daughter and you should make sure you prepare her at an appropriate age. Don’t wait for it to happen so she won’t be scared and anxious about it. Explain to her that this is a natural thing and all women go through it.
Finding a hobby and a career.
Help your daughter explore her personality, interests, dreams and choose the activities that she enjoys. You can guide her to try some things like playing the piano, dancing, painting and trying to explain to her what certain jobs imply, but the healthiest thing is for her to decide which way to go.
Cooking and cleaning.
All children should be thought how to cook and clean and care for themselves. Since our society still promotes the fact that women should clean and cook more often, girls usually take these tasks upon them. Help your daughter learn how to care for herself in order to give her independence and some skills that will surely be useful in the future.