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DiscoverYourDaughter.Com: A New Website from Discovery Girls Magazine to Help Parents Navigate the Tween Years

Posted Dec 20 2009 1:42pm

Whenever I start to feel wistful that I never had a daughter, I remind myself of several incidents that make me thankful I have boys. For instance, there’s the woman I know who felt she had to home-school her daughter in middle school because the girls in her school were bullying her so badly. Or I think of the story my sister told me about her daughter throwing herself on the floor at age four and bawling because she had “nothing to wear”! (Boy, that lament starts early!) Or I flash back to my tween and teen years when I was a very insecure, moody girl who drove my parents nuts. It can be difficult parenting a girl! (Of course, boys have their own issues and are definitely not a walk in the park, but that’s fodder for another article.)

Needless to say, we all can use some help from time to time in understanding our kids, especially in the difficult tween years. Discovery Girls Magazine, a very popular publication for tween girls, recently announced the launch of a new online community called DiscoverYourDaughter.com that helps parents guide their daughters through the confusing and complicated not-quite-teen years. The site’s content is based on the magazine’s ten years of extensive work with 8- to 12-year-old girls across the country.

There are two main parts to the site: articles for parents and articles for tween girls. Parenting articles address issues such as girls’ self-esteem, bullying, privacy, emotions, and much more. The articles for girls tackle issues such as puberty, friendship, trust, parents, study habits, and so on. There’s also an “Ask a Question” section where girls and parents can ask questions, which are answered by the site’s members. Finally, there’s a free monthly e-newsletter covering the most relevant, timely topics for parents of tween girls.

If you’re struggling to understand your tween-aged daughter, I recommend that you visit DiscoverYourDaughter.com to gain further insight into these sometimes difficult years. The advice is free and may help you improve your relationship with your child.




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