Ways That Adults Can Help Teenagers Build and Maintain Self-Esteem

Anyone who lived through their teenage years understands that all sorts of things are happening at the same time. Much of the foundation for what is to come is laid during those years. Adults who want to ensure their teenage children move through those years with a sense of who they are and what they have to offer will need to identify ways to help teens cultivate a sense of self-esteem and keep it going. There are several ways that adults can help teenagers build and maintain self-esteem. Here are some tips that will help.  Truly Listen to What Your Teen Has to SayThere’s hearing words spill out of the mouth of your teen and then there’s listening to what is being said and seeking to understand the meaning behind them. Anyone can hear someone speaking, but it takes effort to really listen. When you choose the latter instead of the former, you send a clear message that what your teen thinks does matter. You don’t have to agree with those thoughts, but the fact that you demonstrate they are worth listening to and discussing in more detail lets your teen know that he or she matters to you. Feeling connected to others goes a long way toward having a sense of self-worth. Providing Emotional Support in Good Times and BadBeing a teenager means getting things right sometimes and making mistakes at...

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