Milestones and tips for raising 17-year-old girls

SuEllen Hamkins, MD Psychiatrist and Author, shares advice for parents on raising 17 year old daughters including milestones that she is reaching in life at that age and how to help her with those
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Milestones and tips for raising 17-year-old girls

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At 17, your daughter is getting prepared to manifest her destiny. She is making choices that will determine the destiny of the next few years of her life. At 17, while she is going off and doing things independently, she still really welcomes the opportunity to come back home and be close to you for both emotional and practical refueling. At 17, you are creating your adult relationship with your daughter. She may no longer be so self-conscious and be happy to be out and to be seen with you, going out to a movie or a concert. At 17, while your daughter is getting so grown up, she still loves it when you do little caring things for her, like bringing her a cup of tea when she is studying. At 17, your daughter can give you a thoughtful perspective on your own life. If you share with her the things that you, yourself, are wrestling with. You may really come to appreciate what a beautiful and insightful woman that you have raised.
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SuEllen Hamkins, MD Psychiatrist and Author, shares advice for parents on raising 17 year old daughters including milestones that she is reaching in life at that age and how to help her with those

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SuEllen Hamkins, MD

Psychiatrist & Author

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author and founding member of the Mother-Daughter Project, a community of women and girls that developed powerful, practical ways to help mothers and daughters stay connected and thrive through adolescence. Co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence, Dr. Hamkins has given numerous presentations for parents and psychotherapists around the world, focusing on mothers, daughters, their relationships and the kinds of communities that nurture them.  As the psychiatrist for the Smith College Counseling Service from 1992-2004, SuEllen offered consultation to over a thousand women ages 16 to 23 to help them resist and overcome problems such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma, assault, and self-injury.  In addition to her work on behalf of mothers and daughters, as the Assistant Director for Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has been instrumental in developing strengths-based, narrative approaches to psychotherapy and psychiatric practice, helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of serious difficulties.  SuEllen is the mother of two daughters, now 17 and 22, and raising them has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of her life. She lives with her husband and younger daughter in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross country ski, shoe snow, dance, cook and lounge around in the living room, reading. 

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