Helping Your Child Shoo Away Signs of Low Self Esteem
Every parent wants their child to feel confident and fulfilled, but that’s not always how things develop. As children enter adolescence, hormones, society, and trying to fit in can lead to symptoms and signs of low self esteem–which can eventually morph into deeper issues.
As a parent, there are certain things you can do in order to help your child cultivate a healthy self esteem and inner value.
Tips for building healthy self esteem
If you’re noticing signs of low self esteem in your teen, such as negative comments about weight or looks, there’s certain steps you can take in order to help your teen strengthen their sense of self and confidence.
Winning Isn’t Everything, Effort Counts. As parents, we want our children to succeed–but sometimes we can push too hard without knowing. Many teens feel that if they make a mistake, the whole world’s going to come crashing down. This can create a lot of pressure, leading to signs of low self esteem, like feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. To combat this, help your teen understand that winning isn’t everything. Just because they make a mistake doesn’t mean you’re going to stop loving them, it’s just a moment for learning.
Support Their Interests. It’s easy for parents to begin projecting on their children. If you absolutely adore football, it’s natural for you to want your son to love it as much as you do–but he may not. Instead, he may be into music or painting. It’s important to support these interests in order to build a stronger sense of self in your child.
Help, But Don’t Do Everything. There’s a difference between giving advice on a math problem and finding the solution for your teen. One is a helping hand, a guide; the other is you taking the reins and them getting nothing out of it except for a good grade. If your teen needs help, make sure you’re there to lend some guidance, but there’s a point where your teen has to figure it out for themselves. This builds responsibility and problem solving skills.
Teach Them to Question Norms. The media teaches our teens of all genders to fit into certain boxes, to look certain ways, and to want certain things. It’s our job as parents to step up and teach them to question these “norms.” Teaching your child that just because that advertisement has a thin, flawless woman or an extremely muscular man on it doesn’t mean they have to look that way–and that most people don’t look that way–is extremely important for building self love and confidence.
Elevations helps with signs of low self esteem
Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens, ages 13 to 18. Our students often grapple with anxiety, defiance, trauma, depression, ADHD, signs of low self esteem, and other emotional or behavioral issues.
At Elevations, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students. Dealing with signs of low self esteem can be difficult for a family, which is why Elevations is here to help guide you through it.
For more information about how we help with signs of low self esteem at Elevations RTC, please call .