Separating normal hormonal mood swings from low teen self esteem can be a challenge for parents. It’s hard to pick up on these things when teens usually don’t even want to talk about how they’re feeling. That’s why it’s important to know the signs and have a baseline for helping your child work through it.
Low teen self esteem has been shown to egg on greater issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, and more. Teens live volatile lives full of assignments, drama, bullies, and friends. When things don’t go according to plan, it can be difficult for a teen to keep their head up and keep going; this is when low teen self esteem develops. If your child has been showing signs of self esteem issues, there’s a few things you can do to help out.
Improving teen self esteem
- Let them know you’re there for them. This may seem redundant or already known, but you’d be surprised by how many teens think their parents don’t care about their drama. Letting your teen know that you’re there to support them and help out can go a long way, even if they don’t respond to it at first.
- Praise them when they do something well. In a world that’s always going fast with events, work, lunchboxes, and more, it can be hard to slow down and recognize when your child does something well that’s small. Noticing the small things can go a long way in improving teen self esteem.
- Ask their opinion. Encouraging your child to speak their mind on a topic can be extremely beneficial. Teens often don’t think their parents care about their opinion. Engaging your child’s opinion can make them feel more important and significant, increasing self esteem.
- Encourage hobbies and talents. Teens need an outlet, whether that’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, video games, or knitting. Even if this outlet isn’t something you particularly find interesting, it’s important to applaud their interest in an activity. It strengthens their sense of self, inspiring a greater self esteem.
If your teen is struggling with low self esteem, it may be time to turn to professionals for further guidance. Seven Stars is a therapeutic program for teens (ages 13-17) with neurodevelopmental issues. We’re here to help.
For more information about how Seven Stars helps with low teen self esteem, contact us at 844-601-1167.