Let her cope and experiment. School can be a great place for her to learn important personal and interpersonal skills which will serve her later in life. Don’t rush in to solve every problem – listen. But never back down where her personal safety is concerned.
Nurture your special father- daughter bond. Go out for ice cream, go swimming, shoot hoops, or do something you know she loves. The beginning of school is a great time to begin a new tradition. How about a lunch date the last Saturday of every month?
Set the stage. Ask your daughter what a successful school year would look like for her—friends, sports, activities, dating—and then have her tell you about how important each goal is to her and if she thinks each one is realistic. It’s OK to discuss your expectations regarding grades, but remember the important lessons learned outside the classroom and all the pressures which face our kids today.
Help her keep perspective. Gently remind her that there are more important things than who’s wearing what, or who is going out with whom. Let her know (in word and deed) that you love her for who she is, no matter what.
The start of the new school year can be a nerve-wracking time for our daughters and step daughters. Over the coming days, we'll give you 10 tips for Dad to help smooth the way.Read more