Parenting High School Age
New questions emerge for parents of young women of high school age. Sometimes as
parents you may feel stunned to see your daughter look and speak like an adult at one
minute and yet the next minute her behavior changes and you get flashbacks to her as a
This period of adolescence is also a time of rapid physical growth and therefore there
is a need for awareness of her physical health, nutrition and safety. If health is
defined as absence of disease, then adolescents fare quite well. However, if the
definition expands to include a sense of well being physically, emotionally and
spiritually, then the unmet needs of youth women today and the health problems that
result are quite alarming.
An important point to remember is that unlike health problems of other age groups,
those of high school women are primarily preventable. DoubleSunrise sees our mission to
offer services as information, programs and products to
help prevent health problems. We see partnering with parents as one of the most
important parts of this goal.
Parents are in the best position to help their daughters prevent health problems.
"But she doesn't listen to me anymore," many parents say to me. Research and my clinical
practice demonstrate repeatedly that young women are listening to their parents. They
may not always show it but they listen to what you say. Even more important to know is
that they watch what you do.
At Double Sunrise you will know that you are not alone as you progress through these
years. We will offer you tools that will help you to talk to your daughter more
confidently about issues that could affect her health. Communicated with your values
and love, the information takes on valuable meaning. Articles as "Communication with
Your Daughter" and "Limits with Love" are articles
written with the high school parent in mind. We have "Keeping Connected Kits" and
"Keeping Connected Workbooks" too. They include
"Tips for Parents" and tips for your daughter and cover important areas as safety,
healthy stress reducers and establishing healthy habits that will prepare her for the
future, especially when she's away from home.
"Keep Connected" and check in often as we add new reliable information that is
pertinent to your important role in your daughter's life...