In our uber-busy culture that overvalues achievement, external rewards and looks, we have neglected to inform girls about what it takes to successfully navigate this stage of life.
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Look, it is no easy job to raise a teen daughter who feels good about herself and is immune from depression, eating disorders and anxiety.
If it's true that you're supposed to start talking to your kids about the things they need to know five years before they need to know it -- future teenage Addie in my head is educated about a lot.
Now in their teens, they will remember these days. My cancer will be part of their story. It breaks my heart.
Teenagers still need their parents as guides and advisers -- not friends. The more you define yourself as her parent and show her what is and isn't acceptable, the sooner things between you and your daughter will improve.
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