Fathers and Teen Daughters

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Conquering Conflicts

Listen, don't push.

Problems and conflicts are a natural part of parenting. You'll find it is easier to make sense of what your daughter is saying if you listen for the emotions behind the words.

Listen without judging. Take the time to ask questions and understand before you react.

Confront problems privately. Don't discuss your feelings about her new boyfriend in front of others. Ask her for some one-on-one time to talk through the problem. Be slow to anger, and withhold criticism.

Respect her space. Stop lecturing. Don't try to tell her what to do. Don't try to push too hard. It's your job as a father to convince her through your actions that you are there and that you love and support her.

Continued on page 4:  How Moms Can Help


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