Who Should Teenage Girls Look Up To?
By: Angie Woodward
Trinity Teen Solutions is a Christian based residential treatment center providing opportunity to help teenage girls recognize who they should look up to and the right role models to follow, to enable them to deal with the hardships of life. We are uniquely equipped for helping teenage girls learn qualities of leadership, responsibility and integrity, being sure that through Christ, the path to these qualities can be found. Along with daily opportunities for spiritual growth and development, we provide individualized programs of academic study that are custom-made to meet the needs of each student. Trinity Teen Solutions is dedicated to helping girls from all backgrounds make successful transitions from adolescence to adulthood. Please call 307-202-8400 to speak to our Admissions Director.
A role model is a person who serves as an example by influencing others. For many teens, the most important role models are their parents and caregivers. Being a teenage girl is hard. Some are barely out of preschool when they realize that there are mean girls and many encounter body image and self-esteem issues. It is difficult wondering how to make growing up easier and all children need someone to look up to. For many teenage girls, the most significant inspiration to look up to is their own mother or caregiver. Most mothers are not cops, political leaders, CEO’s or titans of industry, but many are smart, tenacious, hardworking, determined and working full time while taking care of a family. Many girls can turn to their own mother’s experiences as a guiding force during changes in their lives.
Role Models who Engage in Bad Behavior are not Acceptable
Teenage girls look up to a variety of role models to help shape how they behave in school, relationships or when making difficult decisions. Many, look up to other relatives, teachers and peers. They may try to copy the behavior and appearance of celebrities, athletes and entertainers. Sometimes these admired celebrities can make poor influential choices and teenagers may assume that the behaviors of negative role models are typical, safe and acceptable. But, parents can intervene by emphasizing that role models who engage in inappropriate behavior, violence, sexuality, and drug and alcohol abuse are not acceptable.
If you have concerns that your daughter is being negatively influenced by who she looks up to and you are troubled by recent changes in her behavior or attitude due to her choice of role model, a qualified mental health professional can help. Call Trinity Teen Solutions at 307-202-8400.