These simple steps can start to help build confidence in your teens
If you’re wondering how to build confidence in your teens, don’t feel alone. Parents all over the world are searching for answers and stepping stones to this very situation.
Being a teen is hard. Plain and simple, it’s not always fun. Trust me, I know being a mom of two teenage girls with lots of peer pressure and social media influence.
As an adult, we’ve all been through the teen years so we know how to relate. Even though your teen may not think you know what they’re going through, you do. We’ve all been there at some time or other.
The one thing that most teens tend to lack? Confidence. And if you don’t catch it in the beginning and try to help it grow, it can take your teen on a very rocky path that lasts long into their adulthood and possibly for the rest of their lives.
Teach your teen how to understand their strong points.
If they don’t know what they are good at, how will their confidence ever grow? Tell them that they hold themselves well in public or that they have a wonderful smile. Little things like that can go a long way in building up their confidence to keep showing those strong skillsets to the world.
Say something positive to your teen every single day.
It’s not a new concept, but kind words are a big deal. Make it a habit to tell your teen something nice and positive every single day. These words may not seem big to you, but in a teen’s world, they just might mean a lot.
Some simple sayings to try and say to your teen daily could include:
- I’m so glad you’re here.
- I love you with all my heart.
- Your smile is truly a showstopper.
- I remember the day you were born and changed my life for the better.
- Without you, my skies are gray.
- You truly have a wonderful way with words.
- I wish that I could have had your fashion sense when I was younger.
- I’m amazed at how you’re able to make everyone in the room smile.
- Your happiness makes me so happy.
- You make me so proud.
- You have the voice of an angel.
- Your laughter is one of the best sounds of the day.
- I believe in you.
- I love you.
See how simple it can be? Saying something nice to your teen every single day needs to happen, no matter what. Give them the confidence to know that they are special and that they deserve to be noticed, even on days when they may not feel that to be true.
Encourage your teen to follow his or her passion
Maybe your teen has a love for something but doesn’t have the belief that they’ll be any good. Don’t let that fear overtake their want to try! Instead, encourage them to keep going. Tell them the reasons why they need to pursue their passions and why they shouldn’t let anything get in their way.
Because, the moment that they stop believing in themselves, their confidence is bound to take a huge nosedive in the negative direction. However, if you can pump them up with true facts and information pertaining to them and their abilities, you’re helping to create a super strong foundation for growing their confidence that they can continue building as they age.
Get to know your teen
Take the time to get to know your teen. More than likely, their confidence is there but it’s just hiding underneath a few shy layers. As their parent, do what you can to help them shine!
Listen to them talk, hear their cries, and understand their needs. Once you take the time to understand how you can help build their confidence, you’ll learn that you can be their biggest fan and supporter with ease.
Building up your teen and their confidence takes time, but it can be done little by little every single day. What better day to start building it up than today? Your teen will love knowing that they have you in their corner, no matter what!