Boosting Your Teenage Daughter's Confidence on a Budget

Children are expensive from the day they are born and sometimes even well into adulthood. This is especially true during their teenage years, when they are trying desperately to fit in, stand out, and make memories. As a parent, it is your responsibility to support them emotionally and provide for them financially. The good news is that you don't have to be a millionaire or buy your child everything they want in order to be a good parent. You do, however, need to make sure they have the things they need to feel confident and comfortable in social settings. Here are just a few ways to make your growing daughter feel special without breaking the bank:

Invest in a Mani/Pedi Set

Going to the nail salon is a treat that some parents may have difficulty paying for on a regular basis. Free resources like Pinterest offer nail design ideas and techniques, and list the materials needed for a DIY nail project. Armed with that and a fully-stocked manicure/pedicure set, your daughter can maintain her nails in the comfort of her own home. This will not only make her feel pretty and allow her to explore her creative side, but will also save you a pretty penny.

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Help Define Her Style

High school is a big deal for every teenage girl: their bodies are changing, they're becoming more independent and, quite frankly, they're no longer the little girl who once enjoyed playing dress up in your closet. Each has her own personal style and, with monumental events like homecoming and prom on the horizon, now is the time to hit some stores and get an idea of your daughter's maturing taste. Start by establishing the colors that she likes and then determine the appropriate cut or style for her age and body type. Shopping in department stores can be a bit time-consuming so, if you're in a crunch, try looking online for trendy and cheap party dresses. Not only will you save a few dollars, but online shopping dramatically decreases the chances of your daughter having the same dress as someone else, which for your teenager would be well, mortifying. Buying a dress that is unique to your daughter will allow her to shine bright like the star that she is.

Look Online for Hair-spiration

Long gone are the days of moussed, poufy hair; now, it's all about cool braiding, flat ironing, and wand curling. Encourage your daughter to research YouTube channels that will guide her through any hair styling process she desires. For extra special occasions or when she just needs a pick-me-up, pull out the curling wand and give her hair the Kardashian treatment. Loose, wavy locks are in with the kids and the curling irons and wands now come in cool prints and colors like zebra, cheetah, and neon.

Some people are born with confidence and others need a little help. Show your daughter just how beautiful she really is by helping her find her style and giving her the special treatment she deserves. At the end of the day, there isn't a price tag on the happiness of your child, but a simple smile is worth a million dollars.