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Child Development & Parenting:Adolescence (12-24)

Health Tip: Boost Your Teen's Self-Esteem

-- Diana Kohnle
HealthDay News

(HealthDay News) -- The teen years may be difficult, and self-esteem may plummet. But parents can help bolster a teen's confidence and help him or her maintain a healthy self-image.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • Praise your teen for good choices and things done well. Encourage the teen to feel pride about his or her accomplishments.
  • Make sure your acknowledgements are sincere, and don't overdo it.
  • Offer constructive criticism.
  • Seek your teen's opinions, and include them in family decisions.
  • Encourage your teen to find his or her strengths. Let the teen discover what makes him or her happy.