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Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls

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Encourage Her Independence


Beyond not living vicariously and not fixing everything for your daughter lays the ultimate scary thing: letting her pull away. The years will fly by, and soon enough, your daughter will be off to college or the real world. The teenage years are when she will learn not only who she is but also how to "take care of business." During her teen years, you might need to keep track of things like her doctor's appointments and SAT registration deadlines, but you shouldn't be managing her daily homework assignments and doing every household chore for her. In addition to homework and chores, some independent meal planning, a summer job, and some smart budgeting habits will help equip your daughter for life away from Mom and Dad.

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