How to build self-esteem and confidence in teens
Promote self-improvement: Teens who struggle with a certain skill may tell themselves that they're complete failures.
Promote self-improvement: To promote self-improvement in your teen, help them discover their strengths and their weaknesses.
Praise effort instead of outcome: Rather than praise your teen for getting a good grade on an exam, praise them for all the studying they did.
Praise effort instead of outcome: Your teen can control their effort, but they can't always control the outcome.
Teach assertiveness skills: Teens need to know how to appropriately speak up for themselves.
Teach assertiveness skills: To teach your teen about being assertive, talk to them about the difference between being assertive and being aggressive.
Encourage new opportunities: Trying new activities and challenging themselves can help grow teens’ confidence.
Encourage new opportunities: Encourage your teen to join a new club, play a musical instrument, or find a part-time job.
Show them the value of helping: When people get a chance to feel like they're helping someone else.
Show them the value of helping: As a parent, seek out volunteer opportunities for your teen.
Model confidence: Your teen will learn about confidence based on what you say, or don't say, about yourself.