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.