Young women, like anyone else, are sure to grow and evolve at their own individual pace. While we cannot speed up or slow down this process as we would like to, we, as parents, guardians, and teachers, play an instrumental role in shaping the lives of these soon-to-be adults.
By encouraging adolescent girls to develop their independence, take care of themselves both physically and mentally, and navigate social decisions with a sound and logical frame of mind, we give our teenagers the best possible chance of success as they transition into womanhood.
Ideally, even into adulthood, the young women in our lives continue to look to us (their mentors) for guidance and advice as they move through their personal journey.
About the Author
Dr. Lisa Damour was born in Denver, Colorado in 1970. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a PhD in clinical psychology, Dr. Damour started a private psychotherapy practice, which she continues to operate to this day. Dr. Damour is also a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and she serves as the executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.
In addition to writing books, Dr. Damour publishes a weekly column focusing on adolescence for The New York Times.