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How to Help Your Teenager Build Confidence

Teenagers face a lot of challenges as they grow up, including, for many, a lack of confidence. As a parent, you might worry about the effect low self-esteem has on your teenager’s ability to thrive. Thankfully, there are ways you can support your teenager to help them build self-worth and create the independence they crave.

Teach them they are capable

A lot of times when we feel inadequate, it’s because we don’t believe we can do something. Teach your teenager that they are capable—that they have the power to accomplish great things. Give them encouragement when they need it most, but also show them how capable you think they are by living a life full of ambition and taking on new challenges. They will often follow in your footsteps if you set an example for them.

Support your teen with activities

Teens often feel alone, as though it’s them against the rest of the world. Help your teenager develop a sense of togetherness bu supporting them in activities, and encouraging them to see friends. Encourage your child to reach out and be social by staying in touch with family members and others who can provide positive reinforcement. Volunteering is a great way for teens to develop confidence because they feel proud of their accomplishments. Extra-curricular clubs, such as drama, will help to build self-esteem.

Give lots of praise

Positive reinforcement goes a long way to helping rebuild confidence. Offering praise will reward your teen, encouraging them to continue with the activity or behaviour you are reinforcing.

Listen without judgement

When we try to give advice and teenagers feel judged, they will probably reject it and build barriers. Teens need space and time alone to figure out who they are and how they want to present themselves. Listening to your teen and allowing them to express their feelings and ideas without worrying you will judge them is an important part of independence building.

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