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Aunts Are Just As Important As Moms For Raising Girls, Says Parenting Expert
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Aunts Are Just As Important As Moms For Raising Girls, Says Parenting Expert

Sometimes young women need people to turn to other than their parents.

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Aunts are just as important as mothers when it comes to raising young girls, according to a parenting specialist. Growing up as a young woman has its own set of unique challenges. Even if your mom is supportive sometimes you don't feel comfortable talking to her about everything. So what do you do? You turn to your peers... but they might lack the maturity and knowledge to help you navigate through life. That's when you need another trusted adult and your aunt can be the one who can play the role of a trusted adult in a young girl's life very well. It could have started off as babysitting shifts and movie dates but it can turn out to be a beautiful, deep, and meaningful bond between aunt and niece. 

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Parenting expert Steve Biddulph believes that aunts are crucial in the developmental process. Appearing on ABC's Parental as Everything podcast, Biddulph said that teenage girls today face unique pressures on a day-to-day basis, due to social media and constant sexualisation. The psychologist and author of Raising Girls and 10 Things Girls Need Most elaborated the need for young women to turn to people other than their parents. This could be an aunt and what's more interesting to note is that it doesn't even have to be a blood relative.