7 Ways to Raise Your Teen's Self-Esteem

Most people experience low self-esteem at some point. This is especially common during the teenage years, when they are trying to figure out who they are and where their place in the world is. A healthy self-esteem is important to a teenager’s mental health and development, and it helps them deal with life’s challenges.

As teenagers form their own beliefs and values, the opinion of a parent, coach or someone else who is important to them can have a big impact on their self-worth. Self-esteem levels can change, so if you’re worried that your teen may have low self-esteem, here are seven ways that may help give them a boost.

7 Ways to Raise Your Teen’s Self-Esteem

By Teen Rehab


  • Trust Them

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    Teenagers believe in themselves more when their parents trust them. Show that you have faith in your teen.

  • Identify Unique Strengths

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    Everyone’s good at something—soccer, the guitar, making people laugh, giving good advice and so on. Acknowledging and encouraging your teen’s unique strengths and talents makes them feel special and valued.

  • Solve Problems Together

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    Solving problems with your teen instead of immediately offering a solution helps build their confidence. When a problem comes up, ask your teen what they think they should do before giving any advice.

  • Be Nurturing, but Set Limits

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    Teens have a lower risk for poor self-esteem when their parents are responsive—warm, affectionate and supportive—but also set limits. This means sometimes having to say “no”!

  • Get Moving

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    Physical activity is always a good thing and research shows that when teens participate in sports, it positively affects their self-esteem, body image and physical strength.

  • Offer Advice with No Strings Attached

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    Letting your teen choose whether or not to take your advice gives them a sense of responsibility, empowerment and control over their own lives.

  • Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin

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    Talking negatively about your body and constantly dieting can send a powerful message to your teen. They might start to think that worrying about your body is normal and expected.

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