Girls friends are some of the closest and most impacting friendships in your life. Girl friendships can also mean a lot of drama at times. If you have a teen daughter at home and you’re getting a little affected about how her friendships are affecting her personality and development, you’ve come to the right place. It’s very important to first try and understand your daughter’s interpersonal relationships before taking the next step.
What You Should Teach Your Teen about Friendships
As teenagers, it’s inevitable for your friendships to change and evolve. The important part is to coach them to understand when it’s time for them to let go and how to accept these changes and differences.
Learn to Let Go
We have become so accustomed to promoting girl power that we have forgotten to teach our girls when they should back down. It’s important to teach our girls when to walk away. Help them understand how to assess whether a friendship is worth fighting for or not. How much are they really getting out of that friendship? Can the friendship easily be replaced? These are all factors your teen, or even you for that matter, need to consider while going through a troubled friendship. The big question is, how much should you persevere in a friendship before you decide to let go? That a question only you can answer and the response will differ between different friendships and what they mean to you.
It's Normal to Lose Friends, Just Try to Be the Best Version of You
At any age, it’s perfectly normal to lose friends, especially in your teens. There are so many changes going on their life at that time. Their personalities are developing and they are exploring themselves. It’s only natural for them start disagreeing with things or people whom they once maybe gelled with really well. They may have had a best friend for years, but somehow their interests just don’t click anymore. Very often someone does something intentionally or unintentionally to hurt the other person in the relationship. These are things you cannot really control. Neither can you control whether the other person forgives you or not. What you can do, however, is always try to best the best version of you. That is something that is in control. Try to be the ‘best’ friend you can be, or better sill, be the friend you would like to have for yourself.