In my last post I discussed the need for teenagers to have healthy role models as a way of creating their values and expectations which they use to define their lives. Having a sense of good role models helps them build healthy self-esteem.
For building healthy self-esteem, the fourth component of CUPS is the “S,” which stands for your teenagers to have a sense of role models in their lives. We already know that during a teenager’s development many identity questions arise; so does a teen’s dependence on others (in order to gain approval and to learn who they want to be like).
In my last post, I discussed helping your teenagers have a healthy sense of personal power to raise their self-esteem. However, developing a healthy sense of power is a tricky process since it requires a true balance that is well-placed and very clear.
The idea of a teen’s power is often not the focus when discussing a teenager’s self esteem. But when you think about it, teens often feel powerless.
In my last post, we discovered some facts about the vital role of uniqueness in the self-esteem of our teenagers. We surfaced what a healthy sense of uniqueness looks like in a teenager and what behavior exists when he or she has problems feeling unique.
We have been discussing self-esteem in teenagers. To be truthful, the research (and its application) we are referring to is universal to children and adults. We have already discussed connectiveness as a component of healthy self-esteem. Another important aspect of self-esteem is uniqueness.
In my last post we discussed the varied components of building self-esteem in your teenager. The first component was to insure that they were connected. We also talked about what connectiveness looked like for a teenager.
Many emotions, physical and hormonal changes, relational crises and personal issues accompany adolescence. Often, these changes take a toll on the self-esteem of a teenager.
I have recently written about the normal ages and stages of the adolescent years. (See past posts for details on individual ages and stages.) Truly, familiarity with these significant developmental processes provides comfort for teens, their parents, and those who are caregivers.