Q. I’ve always had a great relationship with my daughter, but recently she seems to be more private about everything.
A. I understand you’re worried, because she’s changing. It’s nothing you’ve done. Developmentally, your daughter is on a journey to determine who she is and where she fits. Creating space between the two of you is necessary for your daughter to establish her identity as a unique person. While she explores her individuality, she needs your consistency, love, and acceptance. Your presence, smile, and touch reassure her. Keep the same expectations. Express your curiosity and interest using open ended statements. Seek her expertise on fashion, food, and technology. Affirm her positive choices, talents, and accomplishments.
JoAnn Schauf | www.yourtweenandyou.com