Tips for communicating with tween and teenage girls

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Tips for communicating with tween and teenage girls

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Communicating with your teen or tweenage daughter can sometimes be rough going. A raised eyebrow or a wrong sound in the wrong situation, can be taken as you being over-judgmental or nosy or naggy. What you don't want to do is think you are talking to a girlfriend and ask questions directly. It might sound like an inquisition. What you can do is schedule some time together and do it in an indirect fashion. Plan a trip that's pleasant. Maybe you take her to get her first manicure, or to get a pink berry. Maybe you go to a Farmer's Market every week. Eventually, if she softens up and realizes that you are really interested and will listen to her point of view without judging. She might open up to you.

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Jodi Wing is an author, educator, and an activist for girls and women. Her debut novel is entitled 'The Art of Social War,' which she says, "is about very bad behavior and girl-on-girl crime".  It is also based on The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, a 2500-proven philosophy which is a seminal treatise on conflict resolution and problem-solving. For the past three years, she created and evolved 'The Art of Peace Club' program within LAUSD/LA's BEST after-school Enrichment Program, teaching tween girls 'how to' manage social conflict and competition in their everyday lives. Over 300+ girls have graduated to date. She does not have children herself, but she does have 28,000 of them at LA’s BEST!

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