Here are five things you can do to boost your teen’s self-esteem and bolster the ability to withstand bad influences. Encourage your child to:
- Take pride in his accomplishments. We shouldn’t always depend on others for approval. Encourage a sense of self-satisfaction by saying: “You must be proud of yourself for . . . . “
- Enjoy her own company. Teens need time alone to examine their own thoughts and feelings. This helps them be less susceptible to others. Suggest activities that she can do by herself—art, crafts, reading and jogging. Tell your child the benefits of spending time alone.
- Trust his own feelings. Ask you child, “What does your gut tell you?” Praise him when he acts on what he thinks is right.
- Respect herself. Kids can feel like failures when they try to be something they’re not. Tell your teen she doesn’t need to be like everyone else. Point out your child’s own unique talents, interests and ideas.
- Love himself. Teens need to learn to be their own best friends, to be gentle on themselves, to learn from and even laugh at their mistakes.
Show your child you love him—both when he succeeds and fails. Teach him to do the same. Show your teen how to focus on the positive.
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