Obviously, we all know about (or have been) boy crazy teenagers. But what should you do if you’re a parent whose nervous about or dealing with a daughter desperate for some male attention? Here are some suggestions to help steer your child towards something besides boys:
1. Encourage outside interests. Before your daughter even starts middle school, be sure to help her become a well rounded person. Whether her passion is sports, music or art, make sure she has a healthy outlet for her energy. That way, she’ll have less time to obsess over her latest love interest.
2. Start discussing sexuality-and relationships-early. Having honest, age appropriate conversations with your daughter about the birds and the bees in addition to talking about what it means to be in a relationship go a long way. This way, your daughter will know that you are willing to discuss these topics and more open to come to you for advice.
3. Set a good example. It’s hard to deny the influence your own attitude towards men and relationships can have on your daughter. Try telling her that a relationship is like the icing on the cake of an already fulfilling life-a finishing touch that is not essential. This is more productive than attempting to scare her by saying she’s destined for heartbreak.
What do you think, Hello Beautiful? What would you give your daughter more to focus on than boys??