Teens are stuck in an in-between world. They’re neither children nor adults. They’re adjusting to both physical and mental changes, including emotional extremes caused by additional activity in the part of the brain that regulates emotions.
Needless to say, for many teens, this is a confusing time!
Along with the normal confusion, teens often suffer from low self-esteem and peer pressure. Females are more prone to self-esteem issues and often get more attention for the problem, but males are just as susceptible. In fact, any teen is vulnerable to self-esteem challenges.
As parents and involved adults, it’s our responsibility to help teens foster a healthy self-esteem. It’s an ongoing process and there are no shortcuts. Teens need to be constantly reminded that they’re great kids and we’re proud of them.
Follow these strategies every day to boost your teen’s self-esteem: