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Things to Tell Your Daughter Before She Turns 13

Bringing up a girl child is not easy. Read on to learn things to tell your daughter before she turns 13 so that you create a great base to help her begin the tough teen years.

As a parent it is your responsibility to shape your daughter into what she would become. There are many life lessons that you should teach especially your daughter before she enters her teenage years.

10 Things to Tell your Daughter Before She is 13 Years Old

Here are 10 things you must tell your daughter before she turns 13.

1. “You are loved and adored”

Your daughter should know how much you love and admire her. Although, every child needs to know that he or she is loved, making your daughters aware of this fact will boost confidence and help her take right decisions. Saying such things will also help to develop a sense of security and trust in her.  

2. “Never hesitate to say ‘no’ when necessary”

Tell your daughter that if she finds something unacceptable or if she can not commit to do something or someone, she should say so honestly. In fact, people would appreciate your honesty even if they do not like to hear that.

3. “Politeness is always good”

May be like many other parents you too make your child feel that she is perfect and capable of doing everything. But, help her understand that if she is humble, people will get attracted towards her more and this will also make her stand out of the crowd.

4. “What to expect from the approaching body changes”

Your daughter should be aware that there are some hormonal changes expected inside and she should be prepared for that. Also, let her know that she might experience some emotional changes also. If you want her to know things in detail, bring her a good book but make sure you read it before you give her so that you are sure there is not too many stuff inside which she might not know now.

5. “How harmful are drugs”

Drugs are threat to every child no matter to which part of the globe you live. You need to tell your daughter that no drugs are safe and so they should say “no” to them at any cost and do not even try once. Make them understand that drugs are illegal and dangerous as well as show them instances in real life so that they know about the tragedy that results due to use of drugs. You can even advise her that if situation becomes difficult, she can call you to let her out no matter what.

6. “Personal cleanliness and hygiene is very important”

Once your daughter enters her teenage, it becomes very important she pays extra attention to her personal cleanliness and hygiene. If you need to point out or make sure, you should do that without hesitation. This is going to be the base of her entire life.

7. “Love yourself first”

Life is tough and your daughter should be ready to accept criticism. Explain it to her that it is not easy to please everyone. So, ask her to be what she is and make decisions that are right for her.

8. “Don’t compare yourself with others”

There will be some girls prettier than your daughter or smarter. Tell her that just because someone is rich, pretty or smart, it is not true that she will have all the happiness in life. Life is not a competition, it is a journey. You simply need to do your best and be what you are.

9. “You can talk to me about anything, anytime”

When children grow-up they are hesitant to share their issues with parents. However, you need to help your daughter to open-up and speak to you freely. If there are any problems she will come directly to you instead of taking help from others.

There will be challenges that she will face and some of them would be cruel and seem impossible. Her faith, her perseverance and her parents will help her undergo most of the things life throws on her. It is important for her to know that life is full of ups and downs and whenever she faces problems, she should approach you first.

10. “It is important to save money”

It is important for your daughter to know that money does not grow on trees. Explain it to her that whatever money she owns, whether it is through pocket money or as gifts from relatives, she should be divide it into three – one for spending, one for emergencies and one for long term goals. If you help her get into this habit, it will keep her on track in life.

Learning these ten things will help create a good foundation for your daughter. It will make her believe in herself and take right decisions in life. Before you let your daughter face the world mostly on her own, make her strong and aware of some life facts so that she saves herself from getting into any kind of trouble. It will be wrong to say that things will be easy for you, but if you try sincerely and affectionately, your daughter will understand and listen to you.

Since your daughter is about to enter the teenage years you should make sure that she does not spend more time worrying about her looks and fashion. Being cautious about her looks is natural at this age. Try to make her aware that looking good and taking care of personal grooming is good, but excess of everything is bad.

Let her feel good and be beautiful from inside by being kind, thoughtful and compassionate to others. Educate her to become a responsible and good human being as she grows up and prepare her to take care of herself in any situation. Show your love and support.

Which things should be girls aware of before they turn 13? How to help a girl child to deal with hormonal and emotional changes? How to raise a 13-year-old-child? Discuss here.

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Riya.4 years ago
Very important matters on which parents must have conversation with girls regularly.
Dhwani.4 years ago
This topic is very important. We must prepare our girls for the changes that will be taking place in their bodies
Naina.4 years ago
It is important to raise girl child with love and extra care.
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