Teenagers are transitioning from childhood to adulthood and growing more independent by the day. This is a time when they start spending more time with friends and less time with mom and dad. Teens have a need to be social as they explore their own identity and discover who they are. This means that your child’s peer group begins to have more influence over your child than you. Friends and peer groups can balance between being positive for your teen or being detrimental. And a lot of it hinges on the way your child feels about himself. Self-esteem or self-image is how your teen sees himself. If he thinks of himself positively, then he probably has healthy self-esteem. Healthy self-esteem is vital for your child to transition successfully to an adult; however if your teen has lower self-esteem, he is more likely to be susceptible to peer pressure. There are many ways that you can help guide your children through the obstacles of peer pressure and self-esteem. Let’s explore strategies to help your teen navigate these common social struggles.
Parenting a teenager takes a lot of patience and courage. Courage to allow for mistakes to happen and patience to guide your teen to adulthood. If you are interested in learning more strategies to build your child’s self-esteem, please see the links below.
Jessica Colarco, LCSW, is a mental health therapist who works with women struggling to juggle all the balls of life. If you’d like to meet with Jessica, please click here.
I am a mental health therapist practicing in Henderson, NV. I have found that most of the people that I work with have lost themselves on the road to success. A key component of my treatment approach is assisting people in rediscovering their passions and restoring balance to their lives. This blog contains slivers of wisdom that I continue to discover while assisting people become mentally fit.