We have all been a teenager once. That age can be some of the most frustrating, scary, and difficult times that we have had to face. If we can remember going through that ourselves (no matter how long ago it was), we can try and help the transitions that teenagers go through feel a little smoother.
This piece will offer you some ideas on how you can boost your teenager’s confidence, improve their self-esteem, and help prepare them for the world as an adult.
You do not have to like teenagers all the time, but you do have to let them know they are loved unconditionally if you do not want their self-esteem to suffer.
Confidence comes from having a solid secure base to come and go from, and if that feels wobbly based on something someone does, they are far more likely to have much less confidence in who they are and their decisions. Let your teenagers know it is okay to make mistakes and that you will love them no matter what, so they have a safe space to learn from those mistakes and move forward, instead of taking them on.
Reassurance goes a long way when you are a teenager, and some of this might be because we are at our most insecure and experimental. Being unsure of yourself is a very common situation for teenagers to find themselves in, and they can often feel misunderstood, notably because they might not even understand what they are going through themselves. Offering reassurance is important to keep your teenager’s confidence up, even if you are reassuring them after something negative they themselves have done.
Letting them know they are not alone can go a long way into helping teenagers feel more comfortable in their skin and help them be more confident in their choice.
Praise Where It Is Due
It can be easy to criticize when our children have done something wrong, it almost comes naturally in a bid to make sure they do not repeat bad behavior. However, when it comes to praise, sometimes that can be a little more lacking. Making sure to praise teenagers whenever they have done something well or positive can help reinforce their choices, and in turn, their confidence in themselves. This can be particularly important for children that may have never received much praise before or have had a particularly turbulent time, such as foster children. If you are interested in offering this unconditional love and praise to help build up a teenager’s confidence, then head over to thefca.co.uk to learn more about fostering.
Show Your Support
One of the best ways to build up confidence is to try something new, and this is true for everyone. Once you get out of your comfort zone and complete something, doing other things becomes less scary, and your confidence grows. Supporting your teenager and encouraging them to try new things is vital to their self-esteem and growth!