Raising children as a single parent is definitely not a picnic but raising a teen daughter as a single father is certainly challenging. This is because as a daughter hits puberty, her body goes through all sort of changes and she needs someone to relate to, someone who can guide her through these changes and assure her that everything will be okay. As a father to two teenage daughters, I may not be able to relate much about the changes their bodies are going through but I try to be there and offer my support as long as they need it.
Raising a teen daughter will require Herculean patience but it’s well worth it. Setting responsibility limits as well as showing her that she is loved are two important things to remember when dealing with teenagers. As long as you become a contributing, rather than a controlling figure in her life, things will be okay. If you play an active part in your teen daughter’s life, and have long established a supportive, honest and loving father-daughter relationship with your child then you have very little to worry about especially during the dreaded “rebellious teen” phase.
While there’s no sure-fire ways to deal with challenges that comes with raising a teen daughter, I am listing down several tips that will help you raise your daughter as a single father:
Give Her Room To Breathe
Just like men, women need breathing room for themselves. Your daughter will need her own “me time” especially if she is going through different physical, mental and emotional changes as most teens do. But remember, as much as your daughter needs her mother during this crucial moment in her life, she will also need her father.
Get Expert Advice on Women: Talk To Other Women
If you find yourself dumbfounded dealing with your daughter’s queer mood swings, it’s time to call in the experts, talk to other women. Start with female family members like a sister, an aunt, grandmother and even a close female friend. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in order to understand your teen daughter’s behavior. Go out there and get as much information as you can so the next time your daughter going through something, you know exactly what to do and how to deal with it.
Value Her Privacy
If you are confident that you have raised a loving and responsible teen daughter then there’s absolutely no reason to worry about what she does outside the parameters of your home. So refrain from sneaking into her room and going through her things. Your teen daughter is at a point in her life where she wants to be treated like an adult. Trust your child to know right from wrong and believe in your own ability as a parent.
Discussing Dating, Sex and Relationships
This might be the one of the most dreaded stage of any parent regardless of your offspring’s age and it’s so easy to mess it up too. When it comes to dating, it’s important to establish ground rules from the start so there’s no confusion later on. It’s equally important to give your honest stand on dating, alcohol drinking and boys. This way, when she does start to like someone or is having problems in these areas, she’ll know the first person to get advice from.