Giving Your Teen A Boost: Helping Teens Improve Self Esteem Issues

So you just happen to be beyond convinced that your teen child is the brightest, kindest, funniest and most accomplished of all; the only problem is, of course, that they don’t seem to think so. You can’t help but notice that your teen, like many others, lacks the confidence to pursue their personal or academic goals; and, for that matter, to be truly happy with themselves or life in general.

How can parents help?

Low self-esteem in teens, sadly, can lead to even more serious consequences; including violent behavior, school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and poor academic achievement. Yet luckily, you can do your part to boost self-esteem in struggling teens.

  1. Become the official president of your teen’s fan club. Aside from being your teen’s nurturer and disciplinarian when needed, you can be their biggest supporter as well. Praise their good grades, their musical or artistic talents, their athletic prowess; make it a point to attend their honor roll teas, their sports games, their band performances; always putting your support and enthusiasm on full display.
  2. If your teen expresses reluctance to try something new, citing a lack of confidence as their reason, then remind them of past successes and their individual skill sets. Also help them prepare for the test, the audition, the job interview they may be dreading, going through study sessions and test run-throughs to boost their confidence.
  3. Relate to your teen. Let them know that, at one point, you too lacked the confidence to take on a certain challenge; but that with effort and perseverance, you achieved most of your goals.
  4. Offer rewards for good effort. If your teen garners the courage to take an achievement test, try out for a play, submit an entry to a writing contest, then reward their effort with a pizza dinner, a movie out with the family, etc. An extra incentive may be all that they need to overcome their insecurities and give it that old college try.
  5. Seek outside help if needed. If your teen’s self-esteem issues are severely hindering their lives, perhaps manifesting themselves in anything from failing grades to substance experimentation and self-destructive behavior, then do not hesitate to seek professional help through a certified treatment program such as Elevations RTC .

Elevations RTC can help

Elevations is an all gender Residential Treatment Center dedicated to helping adolescents aged 13-18 overcome challenges stemming from mental health problems, emotional disorders, learning disorders, substance use, and other issues. For more information, call .