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Teen Self Esteem
The teen years are a time when many teens have self esteem problems, especially teens with weight issues. Teen self esteem is important to a teen's well-being, however, and there are ways that teens and their loved ones can help build teen self esteem.
During the teen years, teens' bodies change a lot, and teens become more conscious of their appearance and what their peers think about them. This can affect the way teens feel about themselves, known as their self esteem. Some teens think that unless they look a certain way they cannot feel good about themselves. It is important for teens to learn to have good teen self esteem regardless of their appearance and to value their positive traits.
Having a good teen self esteem does not mean teens should think they are better than others or that they don't have things they can improve about themselves. It means realizing that they have value and are worthwhile, and recognizing the positive things that they have to contribute.
Having good teen self esteem helps teens to:
Some things can have a negative effect on a teen's self esteem. These things may need to be addressed to help teens recognize the good things about themselves:
Teens often try to change their appearance to improve their self esteem. This actually is not the best way to build teen self esteem. Teen self esteem has to come from teens recognizing their own positive qualities and worth. Every teen has good qualities and is worthwhile, but it can be hard for some teens to believe this about themselves.
Some things that teens can do to improve their teen self esteem:
Parents and other loved ones can help teens develop good teen self esteem by:
Nemours, TeensHealth, "Body Image and Self Esteem" and "How Can I Improve My Self Esteem?" [online]
Ken Chisholm, LiveStrong, "Self Esteem" [online]
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center, "Your Child's Mental Health: Building Self-esteem in Children" [online]
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