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Williams, author of
Understanding Your Teen
How many teenagers
do you meet that really have a strong sense of self esteem? Not many
if you tell the truth. It's a treat to find a fifteen year old who
knows and likes who they are.
Healthy teen self esteem is first nurtured at home. A secure home
life, supportive parents and a reliable extended family provide the
launching point that allows children to thrive. From there it's a
safe school environment and positive peer relationships that further
affirm their feelings of being valuable to others.
If a teens home life offers more negative feedback than positive
nurturing, it is nearly impossible for that child to come through
puberty feeling good about themselves.
Teenagers who don't have a strong sense of personal value from their
parents are left viewing themselves through the critical eyes of
their peers. And what they see there is often disappointing.
Making embarrassing mistakes, feeling clumsy, going through puppy
love heart break or not doing everything right the first time you
try is all part of being a teenager. But a teen with low self esteem
takes every stumble personally and internalizes the failure as being
part of who they are.
This is why it is so important to help our kids survive their
mistakes and deal with disappointments from an early age. Positive
teen self esteem is crutial. The best way to improve your teen's
self-esteem is to take a very active role in your teen's life. Just
by knowing your teen's interests, friends, strengths, and
weaknesses, you will be aware of any problems that may arise.
If you have a teenager who is struggling with low self esteem, you
have to take every opportunity that presents itself to remind them
that they are valuable to you and to others. Provide them with
opportunities to be with people who will build them up and encourage
Need More Help?
Here are two
guides to help you reconnect with your teen, so you can help them
with the rocky road of being a teenager.
Guidance to Understanding Your Teen shows you how to accept what
you can and cannot control in your teen's life, how to cope with
mood swings, keeping the lines of communication open.
Real Life Guidance to Helping Your Teen in High School includes
practical suggestions to help your child find his/her identity,
avoid bullies, handle peer pressure and more.
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be armed with the easy-to-follow advice at your fingertips. They're
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need any day of the week, even if it's the middle of the night.
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