Advise your daughter and guide her; however, it is important for her to learn to make her own choices and see the benefits or repercussions of those decisions.
Let her know that any and all decisions she makes, while maybe painful for you as a parent, really only affect her and her life.
In this manner, she will feel proud and responsible.
Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy Enjoy and revel in all stages and phases of your daughter’s life. Take time to delight in how she plays as a small child, the seriousness on her face as she colors, the delight in letting go of training wheels, and the fear as she gets behind the wheel for the first time.
Dr Myers has 30 years of clinical experience and specializes in developmental, behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents.
Related: Teens and Their Dads Learning to Let Go (Just a Little) When it comes to father/daughter relationships, you may wish to hold on a little tighter as she grows more and more right in front of your very eyes.
However, by doing so, you take away the opportunity for her to learn and grow on her own (even if it’s the hard way).
Take your time and appreciate each and every phase, from meltdowns to sweet moments.
Dr Bob Myers is a licensed child and adolescent psychologist.