The #1 Issue Facing Teen Girls Today? Hint: It’s Probably Not What You Think!

For years, moms have approached me to “counsel” their daughters one-on-one.

Hoping I can determine whether underlying issues have contributed to them making poor sexual decisions.

And I get it. Teen girls’ sexual decisions are often the result of them medicating pain.

I see it on their faces when the information I share in class hits too close to home.

It’s like I’ve ripped off a scab before deep wounds have had time to heal.

They are often in pain and it is real and raw. And truth be told, I feel guilty for exposing a wound without being able to heal it.

I wish I could heal every hurt of every girl who is visibly shaken during class or pours out her heart to me after class. But I can’t.

Even when I’m able to help them deduce the root cause of their choices, I don’t always know how to determine all of the contributing factors or the solution.

I realize that’s not what parents want to hear when they’re desperately trying to get their daughters help.

Imagine it was your daughter. What would you do?

My suggestion?

Seek the help of a professional counselor.

A Heart to Heart with Dr. Tartt

Unlike me, professional counselors are trained to peel back the layers of any emotional/psychological issues your daughter may face.

And you know what?

I believe a lot of teen girls could benefit from that kind of guidance. Maybe even your daughter.

Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to sit down with clinical psychologist, Dr. Alduan Tartt, who’s appeared as a contributing psychology expert for CNN, HLN, ABC Nightline and other media outlets.

Even with such a busy schedule, Dr. Tartt was gracious enough to let me pick his brain for an hour straight. And there’s still so much more we didn’t get to. (We’ll save that for another series ????).

If you’ve ever thought about seeking the advice of a professional for your teen, now’s your chance!

As the father of two daughters, one of whom is a tween, Dr. Tartt and I spent our time talking about a subject near and dear to both of our hearts—teen girls!

I can’t wait to share his professional insight with you in my new 7-week, blog post series, Let’s Talk Teens with Dr. Tartt.


I began my interview with Dr. Tartt by asking him what he sees as the #1 issue facing teen girls today.

It’s not what you think!

What do you think is the #1 issue facing teen girls today?

According to Dr. Tartt, it’s not the usual suspects that come to mind: low self-esteem, poor body image, sex, or even drugs & alcohol.

Watch the clip below to discover what Dr. Tartt believes is the #1 issue teen girls face today and the one thing you can do as a parent to help your daughter avoid it.

The good news?

This is one issue that comes with a relatively simple solution.

Stay tuned over the next seven weeks as Dr. Tartt and I tackle other topics that may require a bit more time and effort from you, your daughter and her father.

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We’ll talk about everything from his advice to teen girls with “daddy issues,” his advice to single moms, to the three rules of teenage dating, and the importance of therapy for your teen.

Let’s Talk Teens with Dr. Tartt is a great opportunity to receive actionable tips from a licensed psychologist.

Join us as Dr. Tartt helps you confront the issues impacting teen girls and improve your relationship with your daughter.

Next week we’ll discuss what every daughter needs from her dad. You don’t want to miss it!

And please share this post with your fellow moms and social media friends.

Are there any other issues of concern that you see your daughter and/or her friends face?

Feel free to leave your comments or even questions for Dr. Tartt in the comment box below. And be sure to visit his site here.

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  • Movene Futch

    Yes, I believe the doctor is right.  Loneliness probably is the top issue.  If only we can introduce them to a real relationship with the Creator God who made them, through His Son, Jesus Christ, who died to redeem them.  He has promised to "never leave or forsake us."  That is where I found the help I needed.

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