Fathers and Teen Daughters

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A hug from Dad means a lot.

Although it can be difficult at times, keep the lines of communication open.

Be ready to talk. Encourage conversation with open-ended questions, such as, "How is it going?" Or try specific questions, such as, "How did you do on that math test?" But remember that quality conversations can't be scheduled, so you have to be available.

Compliment her. Build up her confidence in her changing appearance. Say "You are really cute" or "I like the way you did your hair today," for example. Avoid teasing or criticizing her looks.

Keep up the hugs. Body language tells just as much the spoken variety. As a girl's body matures, there can be awkward moments. But appropriate, loving hugs feed a need that girls have.

Continued on page 3:  Conquering Conflicts


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