Being a teenage girl can be quite stressful at times. Especially when parents do not seem to acknowledge how hard being a teenage girl can really be. Here you will find common stress factors that teenage girls face and ways you as a parent can ease the stress.
1. Peer Pressure. – One of the most common stress factors in a teenage girls life is peer pressure. Pressure to be in with the “cool” people. Pressure to dress in fashion, pressure to act a certain way. Pressure, pressure and more pressure from other teenagers who seem to think they are the so-called leaders of high school.
How to handle their peer pressure stress – Explain to your teenage daughter that she does not have to be like everyone else. Tell her to be herself, to find friends that like her for who she is and not who they want her to be. Friends who want others to change, are not friends at all.
2. Body Image. – Unfortunately in today society, teenage girls are faced with the fact that young women should look a certain way. When a teenage girl picks up a magazine, the only thing she sees it the ever so perfect body of someone who she wishes she can be. What happens then is they begin to diet and exercise so they can look like that. Bringing unnecessary stress upon their young bodies.
How to handle their body image stress – Point out to them that not everyone or even close to everyone looks like the young girls on the magazines. Educate them on healthy eating and exercising. Remind them often how beautiful they are, even if they do not want to hear it.
3. Boys, Boys, and Boys. – We must not ever forget the stress that teenage boys put on teenage girls. Most of the time they do not even know it, it just happens. Teenage girls are going through changes, they start to become attracted to the opposite sex or even the same-sex. If they do like a specific person, they will do anything to be noticed. During the process of getting the others attention, they will stress themselves out.
How to handle the boy stress – Do not ridicule them for being “gaga” over someone else. Ask them if they want to talk about it, or if there is anything you as a parent can do to help them. Never tease them about liking someone, or make continuous efforts to embarrass them.
4. Becoming a woman – Becoming a woman is stressful all in its self. Menstruation, body changes, mood swings, all lead to stress in teenage girls. Dealing with having to go to school while she is on her period. You would be surprised how stressed out she will be if she has her period during school. Worried about if she is going to bleed on herself, the whole bloated look. Brings on a lot of stress for those who are new at it.
How to handle the becoming a woman stress – Make sure that you and your teenage daughter have talked thoroughly about the pros and cons of becoming a woman. No sugar-coating, straight to the point answers. If she is not completely sure of things, have her ask you questions while you answer them. Being educated on how to deal with becoming a woman is the first way to ease the stress of it.
5. Other siblings. – Teenagers just want to be left alone most of the time. Having other siblings running around the house can begin to get to them causing them stress. Their attitude becomes very noticeable in this sort of situation.
How to handle the other sibling stress – Give them time alone. If they want to be alone, then let them be. Privacy can be the key to many things in a teenage girls life. If there are other kids running around screaming and playing, let them go in their room with the door shut or let them go hang out with their friends. Sometimes the simplest of things is all they need.
6. High school. – Good old high school, the stress alone from getting good grades can be a tad much to many teenage girls. Maybe they do not like one of their teachers, boys are of course at school, girls who think they are better are at school, keeping their appearance together while in school. Many stressful events in a teenage girls life arises from high school.
How to handle high school stress – Pay attention to their daily reaction towards common things around the house when they get home from school. If you notice that they are upset or angry, have a sit down with them. Let them be the one to tell you, do not force it out of them. If you’re too persistent, it is not going to get you anywhere.
There you have it, if you pay attention to how your teenage girl is acting on a day-to-day basis, you will know when something is wrong. More than likely it will seem like it is drastic to them, when in fact it is not. Let them do the whole dramatic reaction, it’s part of a learning experience we all go through. Be there for them when needed, and give them space when asked.