We know that they are capable of so much but they don’t always feel the same way. Comparison to others and self-criticism can eat away at their self-esteem, making them feel insecure, anxious, and less than. Teens are going through rapid changes; things like struggling in a class where they used to excel or changes in their friend groups can significantly impact the way they see themselves.
With that in mind, we always want to bolster our teens’ self-esteem and self-confidence. Here are a few ways to foster healthy self-esteem in your home:
Stay healthy Chaps!
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"Dating abuse is a pattern of coercive, intimidating, or manipulative behaviors used to exert power and control over a partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse isn’t also dating violence;"
Love is Respect
The CDC reports:
- 1 in 11 female high school students and 1 in 14 male high school students experienced physical dating violence
- About 1 in 8 females and 1 in 26 males report experiencing sexual dating violence.
Social Media, online platforms, digital media, and cell phones has made abuse easier to commit and easier to hide.
RECOGNIZING TEEN DATING VIOLENCE:
- Spending less time with family and friends?
- Excessive text messaging, phone calling, emailing or visiting with their boyfriend or girlfriend
- Giving up things that used to be important to her/him?
- Starts having declining grades or missing school
- Being pressured by a girlfriend/boyfriend about what to do, where to go, or what to wear?
- Worried about upsetting her/his boyfriend/girlfriend?
- Apologizing or making excuses for her/his boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s behavior?
- Has injuries he/she tries to cover up or can’t explain
TALK TO YOUR TEEN ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP IN AN OPEN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT.
Love is Respect
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline