Many teens suffer through the pain of never feeling
good enough. They face pressure to fit into a crowd
among their peers. Feelings of inadequacy are the norm
for teens, as they are many times unsure of themselves.
Use these tips to help build your teenís confidence:
1. Encourage mental and social growth. Involve your teen
in academic clubs and after school activities in which
sheís interested. Look at every extracurricular activity
as a way for your teen to learn and grow. Nurture your
teenís strengths and help her develop expertise in the
areas where she is most knowledgeable.
2. Be aware. Teens rarely like to ask for help, even
when they need it most. Pay attention to how your teen
reacts or ways they respond. If you think your teen
needs help but is too afraid or embarrassed to ask for
it, offer it to them without question. Be a concerned
parent and trust your intuition.
3. Build trust. One of the worst things a parent can do
is to interfere and overreact to any given situation
with a teenager. Create an open-door policy. Let your
teen know that you are always there for them to talk to
about anything. Build a path of trust from you to your
teen and from your teen to you.
4. Listen with a closed mouth and open heart. If your
teen trusts you enough to talk to you about personal
matters, feel honored. Be available to listen to your
teen; be cautious not to jump to conclusions. Instead,
allow your teen the opportunity to speak from their
heart. This not only facilitates open communication, but
builds trust between you and your teen as well.
Above all, be understanding and forgiving. Everyone
makes mistakes. Keep in mind that teen years are
difficult at best. Be slow to pass judgment and blame.
Give your teen the chance to talk to you, to explain his
position. When your teenager is low in spirits or
feeling bad about himself, give him an extra boost of
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