Information for parents and caregivers
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The girlshealth.gov website is a project of the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We have created the girlshealth.gov site to help girls (ages 10-16) learn more about health, growing up, and the issues they may face. This section provides resources and links to helpful information for parents and caregivers of girls. These resources will help you prepare to deal with some of the issues your girls will likely face as they grow up. The links to online resources are organized by topic, just as they appear on girlshealth.gov.
- How you can help the young women in your life
- What if I have a son?
- About the girlshealth.gov user survey
- About girlshealth.gov website links
- What is Speak Up?
- For Educators
How you can help the young women in your life top
The teen years are an exciting time, but these years can also be filled with worry and struggle. Parents really matter to teens, even if teens don’t always act like it. They need your love, guidance, and support each day to help them become secure, healthy, and happy young women.
Adolescents need vaccines, too.
You can help your daughter through these years. Build a relationship with her that includes trust, honesty, open lines of communication, and setting limits.
With the busy lives we lead today — how can you do this?
- Spend time with your daughter.
- Be a good role model for your daughter. Eat right, exercise, deal with stress in healthy ways, and don’t use drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.
- Try to find a good balance between work and fun in your own life. This will show your daughter that she can have balance in her life.
- Teach her good values and a sense of responsibility. Then trust her to make good choices.
- Set rules and stick with them. Setting and enforcing fair rules can help girls avoid social settings where they may run into peer pressure they can't handle.
It's normal for a teen to want to try new things. When your daughter is angry with you, she may rebel by making poor choices. Turn her mistakes into lessons, show her you still love her, and point out the good things she does. Teach her not to be ashamed of having a problem with stress, grades, weight, drugs, or alcohol. Learn about teen depression, suicide, alcohol, bullying, and drug abuse. Use the resources in this section to find out what you can do as a parent.
Even though you might feel upset and tired at times, everything you do will make a difference in your daughter's life…and at some point down the road, she will thank you!
For information and links on boy’s health issues, visit:
Young Men's Health is a website for teen guys about their emotional and physical health.
KidsHealth, a health information service of the Nemours Foundation.
Family Doctor.org, a comprehensive website brought to you by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
About the girlshealth.gov user survey top
You or your child may have seen a pop-up survey while surfing the girlshealth.gov website. We are trying to learn more about how girlshealth.gov visitors use the site, what they like and do not like about the site, and what they would like us to add to the site. Girlshealth.gov will use this information to make improvements.
The survey does not ask for any personal information, such as your name or address. You do not have to take the survey if you do not want to.
The survey has been approved by the federal government.
About girlshealth.gov website links top
When a young visitor leaves our site by clicking to a resource link we provide, she will be notified if she has chosen a non-federal site. The Department of Health and Human Services takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations, views, accuracy, copyright or trademark compliance or legality of the material contained on outside websites. However, we have carefully chosen the links we provide; at the time we last reviewed them, they were age appropriate.
What is Speak Up? top
Speak Up is a place for girls to speak their minds about a variety of topics. Find out what girls are saying about everything from being proud of their heritage to how to organize their busy schedules.
For Educators top
The girlshealth.gov website includes a section for educators. This section provides resources on the topics covered on the website specifically for people who teach girls (teachers, school administrators, and community leaders).
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Content last reviewed September 16, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013