Healthy Relationships and your Adolscent Daughter PARENT ED BY DANIELLE SHIRLEY

We’ll learn about the healthy and unhealthy behaviors and aspects of teen relationships, and how you can overcome barriers to communication with your teenager daughter. Additionally, we’ll go over some specific tips for healthy communication with your adolescent

Adolescence is a period of monumental growth, but it can also be a very difficult time for them. There are many changes during this time period that can affect their self-esteem and confidence levels. For example, a new school, new friend groups, and new expectations can all create a challenging time for adolescents.

Remember when YOU were in middle school?
Activity: Middle School Memories

Relationships are hard for adults, but they're hard for your daughter, too! Especially considering new factors that affect dating like technology, an increase in parents working outside the home, and the pressures to get involved early on with sex and drugs.

These concersations aren't always easy, but it’s important to have these conversations early on, as it makes an impact on how your daughter will form her future relationships

Unfortunately, we’ll never know the exact number of adolescents that experience dating abuse. However, research can give us a general idea.

Activity: What we Know

The real underlying factor behind these behaviors are unhealthy realtionships

To help prevent our daughters from participating in risk behaviors like this, we as parents/caregivers need to communicate with our daughters about their relationships, as well as model healthy ones for them. We need to enact these preventative measures early on so they can recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships before they start dating, or while they’re in a relationship.

Everyone has their own variation of what healthy and unhealthy relationships are.

Activity: The Relationship Spectrum

Abusive relationships exist on a spectrum, and we often find there is a grey area where relationships change from healthy to unhealthy, and possible even abusive. This can even be seen in bullying as well, and emotional and verbal abuse is just as harmful as physical abuse.

TEACH Teens Through Talking

Take a minute to relax with your teen

Empathize how complicated relationships can be

Acknowledge their feelings and needs

Connect by actively listening before sharing your own thoughts

Help them problem solve when they're ready


Activity: Tips in Action

Was this exercise helpful?

What was most challenging about using these tips?

Role playing can definitely be awkward, but it can also serve as a reminder of all the awkwardness that’s comes along with our adolescent years

You've made it!

Congratulations! You've made it and "walked a mile" in your daughter's shoes today.

To exit, write on your post-it something you've learned today. This can include anything you learned from the lesson or found beneficial. This could also include responses to questions such as "What are some signs of a healthy vs unhealthy relationship?" or "What are the TEACH steps?"


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