01-16-2023 07:23 AM
01-16-2023 02:10 PM
Welcome to the online community. Thank you for sharing this with us, it sounds like it has been a challenging time for you and your husband, so we are glad that you have found us. I can tell how much you care about your daughter and want to help her - she is very lucky to have you!
It is understandable how difficult this must be for you and your family, it sounds like you have been trying hard to support her and be there for her which must be hard if she hasn’t been communicating with you. I know that you mentioned that she has been sad and was wondering if you were aware of anything that may be causing her to feel that way?
Has your daughter been speaking to anyone about this or receiving any professional support? If not, would you consider taking her to see a GP for a check-up and to share some of your concerns? Your GP may even be able to provide a referral for her to see a mental health professional for some more support if needed.
I’m also curious as to whether you have spoken to her school or if they have raised any concerns? Would you consider speaking to them about your concerns and to see if they can provide any support or if she could meet with the school counsellor if they have one?
I wanted to share this thread with you that I thought could be helpful to have a read through, it has several questions about puberty and responses from a professional along with links to more information and resources.
We also have a really great article on puberty and teenagers that I thought might be helpful for you to have a look through. It includes a list of some things to try to support your teen during puberty along with some tips on connecting with your teen, creating boundaries, and communication.
I am also mindful of the impact that this must be having on you and your husband and was wondering what your supports looked like and if you’ve spoken to anyone about this like a family member, friend, GP or mental health professional?
If you wanted some more support, we have a free and confidential coaching service for parents and carers where you can meet with a professional family and parenting coach for some one-on-one support.