Being a teenage girl or child assigned female at birth is hard. Though most teen responsibilities are small, the task of navigating and surviving the social emotional maze of high school is huge. From the ages 14 to 18, your child is thrust into a world of judgements, gossip, competition and confusion. They will face relationship problems with friends, significant others, family and within herself. The way they handles these struggles can determine their self-perception, as well as how they conducts relationships for the rest of their life.
Relationship problems can cause a decline in mental health
At this formative age, everything seems like a big deal. Something as small as an argument with a friend, to as big as a breakup, can be internalized as a devastating rejection. Relationship problems have the power to negatively impact the mental health of your teen daughter. As a parent, it is important that you try to prevent such damage by teaching your child about forming healthy relationships.
“I found that girls’ risk of severe depression, thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts increase the more their relationships diverge from what they imagined,” – Brian Soller, PhD, University of New Mexico
Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships
Humans learn from observations and experience. If your child has only experienced unhealthy relationships, that will be the only kind of relationship they will know how to have. Because of this, it is important they are taught the difference and the importance of having healthy relationships.
Unhealthy relationships cause more stress than happiness. They are manipulative, dishonest, unaccepting and pressuring. Those in unhealthy relationships tend to neglect self-care, withdraw from loved ones and develop problems in other areas of life.
Healthy relationships create more happiness than stress. Typically these relationships are built on a foundation of mutual trust, respect, honesty and support. Individuals in relationships that are healthy take care of themselves, maintain other relationships (like with family and friends), have separate activities and accept the other person.
Teach your child these tips to managing conflicts:
- Your health and happiness is the most important. If resolving the conflict won’t make you happy and healthy then walk away. Prioritize yourself.
- Communication and honesty. Clearly explain your thoughts and feelings.
- Accept the things you cannot change. People will be who they are.
- Compromise if often the best solution.
Solstice RTC can help your child through these formative years
If you are on your last limb and don’t know what else to do for your daughter, Solstice RTC can help. Solstice RTC is a leading therapeutic residential treatment center that helps teen girls, ages 14-18, with trauma, mood disorders, substance abuse, relationship problems and much more. Through an effective holistic approach your child can heal and thrive.
Call today us today, for more information, at (866) 278-3345.