Crafts to Communicate
with your Teenage Daughter
early teenage years provide a unique opportunity
for strengthening your relationship with your
young teenage daughter. It's a time when girls
still want to confide in their moms and ask
those crucial questions about God, friends,
mothers desire to strengthen the bond with their
daughters, many lack the time and creative resources
to plan quality time.
excellent way of opening the lines of communication
is to work on craft projects together. This
is especially effective when your teenager is
going through a difficult time. Any mother knows
that asking, "Hey Samantha, why don't you
tell me what's wrong?" is likely to produce
a muffled "Nothing" in response.
taking the pressure off conversation by working
on a craft project together. Simple acts like
sharing glue and laughing about crooked paint
lines provide a natural avenue for open discussion.
Teens are more likely to open up when there
isn't direct eye contact. (Think about the times
you've had meaningful discussions in the car,
because your daughter knew you had to keep your
eyes on the road.)
on craft projects opens the door for your daughter
to say, "Hey Mom, what do you think about
girls who start dating at 13?" You can
hide your look of horror by continuing to glue
sequins on your visor. After gaining your composure,
calmly answer her question.
following craft projects utilize common household
items. Don't worry about attaining a perfect end
result. The process and conversation are far more
important than picture-perfect craft projects.
If you find your daughter is unusually quiet,
try using some of the conversation starter questions
listed below with each craft.
Matching Mother-Daughter Visors
sheets 8 ½" by 11" craft
foam, any color
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piece paper, 8 ½" x11"
(Pinking shears or scalloped edged scissors
craft foam scraps, buttons, markers etc,
pair stretchy, coiled shoelaces
The next time your young teenage daughter
comes home complaining, "Everyone hates
me! I'm not good at anything!" give her
some time to relax. Then bring out the crafts
and watch the conversation flow as she gets
involved in her project
her heart with you.
Clark is a professional speaker and
the author of 8 books including, 301 Bright
Ideas For Busy Kids and Stuffed Animals From
The Ceiling Fan. www.silvanaclark.com