You have just picked up your daughter after school. You can sense by her body language (shoulders slumped eyes looking down) today wasn’t a great day. The natural tendency is to ask the question -“How was school?” You know in your heart what her answer will be, but as a parent you want to show you care, that you want to listen and so the question is posed. Her response: “I don’t want to talk about it” or “It was fine.” You find yourself wondering “What can I say to make it better?” Sound familiar?
5 Things You Can Do To Help Improve How Your Daughter Feels:
- Be Active: Even if your daughter isn’t an athlete, physically moving will improve endorphins and help her to feel better with just 10-20 minutes. This can be as easy as taking the family dog for a walk or going on a bike ride together after dinner.
- Do Good: Encourage trying to do an unexpected kindness for someone else, like a friend, teacher or neighbor. This activity gets her out of her own situation and the satisfaction of doing something to make someone else feel good will be contagious!
- Laugh: There’s a reason laughter is known as the best medicine! Is there a YouTube video from a favorite show or a comedian (like Ellen DeGeneres) that always makes you both smile? Laughing is a great stress reliever and enjoying something together is even better.
- Glam it up: Offer to go to Claire’s or another favorite accessory store to pick out a new set of earrings, a headband or another item that makes her feel sparkly. Sometimes just adding a little glam can make a girl feel special for the day.
- Get creative: Try a new craft, learn something new and use creative expression. Having an outlet to share her thoughts in an artistic setting can be very liberating. If she’s not the crafty type, a journal or doodle book might be more her style.
After you try these ideas, share some of your own in our Girl talk tab or down below this post. We love hearing from you!