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The Young Maiden

    We continue with the journey of the young woman known as the maiden or first stage chick. At this stage girls begin to menstruate. This can happen between 8 to 14. It’s very important to continue to praise your daughters during this time because they are curious, naïve, and still innocent. This age can be full of energy with very little knowledge. Some of our girls are blessed to have parents who support them, and their interests and other girls aren’t so lucky.

       During the transition between middle school and high school can bring about big change for the first stage chick. She might not have the same friends going forward. For some that can be difficult to deal with.  It’s been my observation that some kids will spiral upward, and others will spiral downward. What does that mean? My interpretation of upward spiraling means that this lucky girl has been supported and blessed with mindful parents. The girls who spiral downward don’t have the same support system.

      Here are some tips:

 Encourage exploration – allow them to find what hobbies they enjoy or what interests them. Don’t be critical if they aren’t perfect at something. I believe in throwing away the “P” for perfect and allowing them to declare that they are a beginner when learning new things. Encourage them to get involved or volunteer their time with something that interests them

Promote Self-Expression - Encourage her to express herself with writing, art, music, or any medium they enjoy. Be positive and continue to encourage her.

Foster Independence - Help them develop independence by giving them responsibilities and decision-making opportunities appropriate for their age. Encourage them to take initiative and solve problems on their own.

Promote Positive Relationships - I feel this is very important for them to be introduced to inspiring role models who embody qualities such as resilience, determination, and kindness. This could include women in various fields, historical figures, or fictional characters.

Teach Self-Care – Educate them about the importance of self-care and help them develop habits that promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This includes proper nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, stress management, and mindfulness practices.

Encourage Goal Setting - Guide them in setting realistic goals and develop action plans to achieve them. Help them understand the value of perseverance, resilience, and adaptability in pursuing their dreams.

Provide Support- Be there to offer guidance, encouragement, and a listening ear as they navigate the challenges and uncertainties of adolescence. Let them know they can come to you with any questions or concerns they may have.

Next week we explore the journey of the mother also known as the second stage chick. Hey chick ! Crack the shell and be you.

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