Relationships between parents and teenage girls can be challenging. Even under the most ideal circumstances, hormones, peer influence, and growing up impact the way a teen relates to her parents. Girls naturally enter a season of questioning who they are, what they believe, why they believe it, and what they want in their life. Our society places great emphasis on choosing a future occupation while teens are still trying to survive algebra and prom date mishaps. When we factor in social media, perceived beauty concepts, and the fact that the portion of the brain responsible for logic is not fully developed until age 24, we can understand the effects of pressure on teens!
For a young woman who has been adopted, these issues are compounded by grief, loss, and an additional layer of identity searching. If adopted as an older child, they have had the added responsibility of growing up too quickly. In many situations, they have been their primary caregiver, and possibly the caregiver for younger siblings. They are now faced with learning how to simply be a teenager, and how to rely on someone else to provide the things they need.
Developing a healthy relationship with your teenager who has been adopted is a beautiful reflection of our relationship with God. Today, I’ll share three ways to connect and strengthen your relationship with your teen!
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