Home > Mom's Life > Family Relationships > Parent/Child Relationships > Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls

Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE


Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls

8 of 12
teen girl doing laundry

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.

Next: Be a Mother, Not a Friend


Where Should Newborns Sleep?
We've rounded up all the alternatives and considerations to make a safe choice for your new addition.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

5 Tips to Help Make Your Child Self-Sufficient
Follow these tips to help your child become self-sufficient, and help him learn the skills he'll need to take care of himself.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks