While it’s normal for teens to experience a bit of self-doubt occasionally, low self-esteem can turn into a long-term issue, causing problems at school, in friend groups or at home. Low self-esteem may be caused by stressful life events, mood disorders, bullying or ongoing medical issues.
A few simple ways to boost your child’s self confidence is to praise their effort instead of the outcome, teach assertiveness skills, model self-confidence and encourage your child to explore new opportunities. Positive self-talk is another essential for good self-esteem.
A healthy mind is essential for navigating the teen years. If your child continues to feel bad about themselves after trying the above, get in touch with a doctor or counsellor who will be able to help.