Every new school year is the start of something different and for many teens it is the start of more problems. They are already experiencing drastic changes in their bodies which can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Added to that are overwhelming pressures to become that ‘perfect’ and ‘beautiful/handsome’ person so they will be accepted by their peers. Teens start looking around and comparing themselves to actors, actresses, models and the kids that have been labelled ‘popular’. They believe that everyone else is better looking, smarter and has more friends. They seen themselves as inferior and unworthy. These untrue beliefs cause them to put their value in how they look and what they have instead of who they are.
We should never measure ourselves against other people because we are all unique individuals. We can’t possibly be the same as somebody else and we are not supposed to be. Many of the people we are comparing ourselves to, are often very insecure about themselves.
Teens need to develop confidence and increase their self-esteem so they will be able to stand up to negative peer pressures and make good choices in life. As parents, we can help our own children and any teens we are connected to. Here are some ways that we can help them build esteem:
- Show love – Take very opportunity to show how much you love your children. No, they don’t just know!!! You have to tell them and show them. A child who feels loved at home won’t go looking for love in all the wrong places.
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