Milestones and tips for 15-year-old girls

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Milestones and tips for 15-year-old girls

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At 15, your daughter is getting clear about who she is and what she cares most about. Peers remain the center of her world both friendships and she may also be developing romantic relationships. At 15, even though your daughter may start to look like an adult, she’s still experience her emotions more strongly than she will when she’s grown up. It’s helpful to really understand she may have emotional outbursts and may not be able to keep her composure as well as she will in the years to come. To connect with your daughter at 15, it’s great to really welcome her friends into your home and make sure you have a kind of food that they like. It actually helps your connection with your daughter at 15 to let her know you'll respect her privacy and give her some time to herself with her friends. It’s also great to schedule things with another mother-daughter pair that you can do out in the world together and also still remember that she may welcome one-on-one time with you such as going out for breakfast. Another great way to connect with your daughter when she’s 15 is driving her around or if she’s getting her learner’s permit, you can be teaching her to drive. It’s very sweet time actually to spend time with your daughter this way teaching or something.
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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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