Raising a mentally and physically healthy girl can be a challenge due to the issues that girls face while growing up. Even well-adjusted girls have stories of self-esteem problems, bullying and peer pressure. If they haven't struggled with these issues, they know someone who has. According to Stephen Hinshaw's book "The Triple Bind," almost all teenage girls feel immense pressure to measure up to others in some way.
Ask any girl in America what "frenemy" means, and she's likely to give you the answer right away -- it's someone who likes you one minute and dislikes you the next. The feeling of being on shaky ground with their peers isn't unique to girls, but it's one way female bullies exert control over their victims. According to PBS Parents, cliques start to form in elementary school, when having a best friend becomes vitally important to girls.
In an age in which girls are constantly confronted by images of the "ideal" body on television, in magazines and online, an unrealistic image with which to compare themselves is as close as the smartphones in their pockets. However, the pressure to achieve a perfect body doesn't just come from the media. Families, peers and coaches can also exacerbate body image issues.
"Issues that Girls Face While Growing Up"
Feb. 6, 2014 Livestrong.com/parenting
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