Dear Dr. G.,
Ugh. This is a problem that I was not anticipating. My daughter went from a cherubic little angel into a sexy young teenager almost overnight. One day she was playing with dolls and the next day it seems she's playing with the boys—their minds that is. At least, that's how it seems to me. My daughter has a very lovely figure and I believe that she's quite aware of it. She certainly wears skimpy clothing in what seems to be an effort to show off as much of her body as possible.
I have recently become aware of how she acts around teenage boys. Her behavior changes radically. She smiles coyly, plays with her hair, and I'm embarrassed to say this but she is the biggest flirt that I have ever seen. I would have hated someone like her in middle school or even high school.
Here's the thing. My daughter is much prettier and outgoing than I ever was. I don't know if I should just wait for her to outgrow this behavior or address it in some way. I certainly don't want one thing to lead to another and have her become sexually active at a young age.
A Non-Flirtatious Mother
Dear Non-Flirtatious Mother,
Good for you for paying to attention to your daughter's behavior and clothing choices and to your gut feeling that something may be amiss.