Nine in 10 parents worry about their teenager’s confidence – and will go to any lengths to improve it.
Research of 1,000 parents of teens revealed 68 per cent can struggle with their self-esteem – with appearance being the main issue, we share expert tips.
Understand your teen’s emphasis on how they look
Many parents see their role in building self-esteem in their kids as critical, following this we have an insight into the importance of a teen’s appearance from Dr Owen Crotty.
Speaking on behalf of Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign clear aligners which commissioned the research, Dr Crotty, said: “The research has shown parents are acutely aware of how important their role is in the confidence of their kids and how their appearance could impact this.
“These formative years can be a testing time for many who often focus on their appearance as a reason to feel secure” added Dr Crotty
Know why they are so concerned with the perception of others
At the top of the list of things, that impact a teenager’s confidence is the behaviour of other young people around them.
Perception, criticism and comments from others can majorly impact their self-esteem. Instead of dismissing these feelings, Dr Crotty says that the parents try and work through these issues with their teen.
“It’s great to see parents are recognising the significance of their role and pulling out all the stops to boost their teenager’s confidence, giving them all they need to be happy, healthy and confident as they grow up,” Dr Crotty said.
Getting involved in your teenagers interests and hobbies
The study also found that four in 10 parents will also indulge in one of their interests with them, to bring joy to their teens.
Outside of this generally just getting them to have a laugh, take them out somewhere like the cinema or a theme park – or even just watching a funny movie together, can be helpful in bringing up their mood.
63 per cent of parents are regularly on the case when it comes to improving their child’s self-confidence, with a quarter looking at ways to help ‘all the time’.
Encouragement is key
While 84 per cent are determined to help their child’s self-confidence in whatever way they can, one of the main complaints found by teens was that they don’t feel confident due to lack of encouragement.
Showing them they’re loved, encouraging them frequently and regularly giving reassurance were emotional ways parents want to big up self-esteem.
Although some of your teen’s concerns may seem minuscule to you, it is important to explain to them that they are heard and understood.
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