• 10 Things Your Daughter Should Know Before She’s 10

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    We all want to protect our children and teach them what they need to know to conquer the world ahead of them. With our daughters, we're especially careful to teach them the ways of the world. To make sure they don't get lost and to know they are very special and deserve the best.

    Click here to find the top 10 things you should tell your daughter before she turns 10.

    10 Things Your Daughter Should Know Before She's 10

    Here's a preview of Laura Usky's article over on Huffington Post:

    1. How adored she is. No matter what you disagree on and even though sometimes you may yell, she should know she is the center of your universe — always.

    2. How to cook. She should be able to prepare small snacks such as eggs, pasta, toast, sandwiches etc. My daughter loves to cook and letting them experiment enforces this life skill.

    3. Body changes are coming and what to expect. She needs to know that along with these hormonal changes will come some emotional changes as well. I have bought my daughter a great book by American Girl called The Care and Keeping of You that breaks down the physical and emotional changes in a very easy to understand way. I highly recommend it or a book like it to assist in explaining all that is going to happen to their bodies in the next few years.

    4. The harm of drugs. Unfortunately, no matter where you live, drugs are a threat to your child and it starts as early as 10 in some cases. Explain to them in no uncertain terms that no drugs are safe to try even once. Make them understand the tragedy that results in the use of drugs and how dangerous and illegal they are. I have made it clear to my daughter that friends will try to convince you to experiment and that she has to be strong enough to walk away, even if it makes her “uncool” to them. I have also let her know that when she gets older and is out and ever feels a situation is becoming unsafe or making her uncomfortable to call a parent to come get her no matter what.

    168 Responses to “10 Things Your Daughter Should Know Before She’s 10”

    1. I am blessed to have this kind of relationship with my girls. They may not always be in the mod to hear certain things at certain times and some conversations are hard for both of us but I am blessed to have the beautiful relationship with my girls to be able to have the dialogue that is so necessary.

    2. Some of these topics we’ve touched on already, but I’ve got some work to do on all the others, don’t I?

    3. All in good time 😉 Let them be little for a while first!

    4. They grow up so fast though. 🙁

    5. @[100009435469977:2048:Ashley S Coleman]

    6. It’s not ridiculous. I have been teaching my kids all about them as they were growing up. My son even taught his dare officer in fifth grade about $#%&!@*e because at that time it was not widely known. Curiosity and peer pressure is why most teens try or experiment. I would rather take the curiosity factor out by teaching ALL the facts and the peer pressure thing is about being strong and independent knowing you don’t have to do things to be liked or cool.
      My kids know the difference between pot, prescription drugs and harder stuff like meth. In my opinion and it’s being proven more and more prescription abuse is worse than most drugs, they are the gateway to other harder drugs, not pot

    7. There is a difference between letting them be kids and sheltered to real issues they will face and letting them know life lessons and being kids. My daughter (youngest child) is 10 and while she has been taught things about bodies, sex, privacy, and other life lessons she still plays outside with kids, plays with her baby dolls and acts like a 10 year old. Only difference is she is 10 and PREPARED for things that could happen, or come up like early period or boys and such.

    8. Who does this Tonya Schwenzer think she is? I think children should be completely sheltered until they’re 18, then let them loose in world.

    9. Hush your mouth @[1068461362:2048:Michael Sudz]. ;P

    10. @[1380158305:2048:Heather Parrott]

    11. This is so full of popups that I can’t get to the article.

    12. And we have found the feni$#%&!@*.

    13. I agree to some degree with #1, but my kid is certainly not “the center of my universe” as the author puts it. Yes, she is very important to me, yes, she is very deeply loved and knows that mom and dad will take care of her and provide for her, but not the center of my universe. She’s a very important part of my life, but it’s important for parents to do things for themselves once in a while too.