Milestones and tips for 10-year-old girls

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Milestones and tips for 10-year-old girls

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At 10, girls are growing in their capabilities. They have curiosity about the world and they're beginning to develop a capacity for self-reflection. At 10, girls are developing more complex friendships. The meaning of friendship shifts from being mostly about companionship to being about the search for identity. Girls want to be with friends who their interests and their values. At 10, girls calmly within their bodies but they're also starting to scrutinize their bodies. At 10, you can connect with your daughter by doing things together. She will still be happy to do things and you can enjoy the fact that she’s increasingly capable as you do things together – whether sports activities or other kind of activities like scrapbooking that you might enjoy together. If you haven’t already started a mother daughter group, 10 is a great age to do it. Your daughter will be able to perform connections with the other girls and mothers. As you go through the years to come, you’ll have created a foundation that will support both of you moving forward. At 10, even though your daughter knows how to read, it’s great to connect with her by continuing to read with her. You can snuggle up close with her and she’ll appreciate a chance to really be cared for in that way.

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SuEllen Hamkins, MD

Psychiatrist & Author

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author and founding member of the Mother-Daughter Project, a community of women and girls that developed powerful, practical ways to help mothers and daughters stay connected and thrive through adolescence. Co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence, Dr. Hamkins has given numerous presentations for parents and psychotherapists around the world, focusing on mothers, daughters, their relationships and the kinds of communities that nurture them.  As the psychiatrist for the Smith College Counseling Service from 1992-2004, SuEllen offered consultation to over a thousand women ages 16 to 23 to help them resist and overcome problems such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma, assault, and self-injury.  In addition to her work on behalf of mothers and daughters, as the Assistant Director for Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has been instrumental in developing strengths-based, narrative approaches to psychotherapy and psychiatric practice, helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of serious difficulties.  SuEllen is the mother of two daughters, now 17 and 22, and raising them has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of her life. She lives with her husband and younger daughter in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross country ski, shoe snow, dance, cook and lounge around in the living room, reading. 

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