How to Build Confidence in Teens

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The teenage years are a period of awkwardness, taking chances, making mistakes, and learning from them. However, this is also an age when many children experience several jabs on their self-confidence.

The good news is that there are actionable steps you can do to boost your teenager’s confidence and set them up for future success. Read on to learn how to build confidence in teens and help them develop a mindset that focuses on seizing opportunities.

Educate them on the importance of giving back

From a very early age, children have an innate desire to do something that makes the people around them happy in some way. The opportunity to serve others has a profound effect on teens’ self-esteem.

It’s important for parents to encourage their teens to participate in volunteer work. By giving kids an opportunity to serve, you can show them that service is a core value of yours while also giving them a sense of purpose. As children reach a certain age, they should have space to pursue their own interests, beliefs, and opportunities, all of which contribute to the development of their perception of autonomy and independence.

Encourage them to make important decisions

Teenagers often lack confidence and intellectual clarity, so their decision-making skills need some polishing. Sometimes it’s simpler to just go along with the crowd and let someone else decide, but this is not the approach you want to encourage for your teen.

Help your teen build confidence in their ability to make sound choices on their own by letting them take the lead on routine matters like deciding which type of meal they want to have for breakfast. Once they see that you have faith in their decision-making skills, they will feel more comfortable taking the initiative.

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Pay attention when they express their thoughts

Your teen is at an age where it is crucial for them to begin thinking for themselves. Supporting their development of critical thinking skills and the confidence to express their own opinions will ease their transition into college.

Keep your cool and listen to your teen if you sense an argument forming. Indicating that you value their perspective even if you disagree with it can encourage more mature discussions and teach them the importance of their contribution.

Introduce them to a teen coaching program

Teen coaching programs are designed to build confidence in teens through motivational speeches, guidance, and professional support. At The Attitude Advantage Program (TAAP), we offer various social and emotional learning programs for primary schools to equip teens with the necessary skills to thrive in adulthood. Our teen experts, mentors, and coaches are all committed to helping your teen live life with a growth mindset.

Get in touch with us to find a teen mentor or book a youth speaker today.