Adolescents undergo a variety of changes which sometimes impacts their confidence and belief in themselves. Teenagers facing issues such as learning difficulties, attention problems, or adjustment issues in relationship with family members or peers, tend to experience frustration and bouts of low self-confidence. This could lead to a sense of hopelessness and negativity in their mindset.
In such times, self-reflection on one's actions, and ways of responding to the environment, can help the adolescent to identify and change faulty behaviour patterns. Positive self-confidence in an adolescent reflects in many ways, such as having a comfort with one's body and posture, openness to feedback, alertness, an ease at both giving and receiving praise, better performance at school, healthy and positive relationships with family and friends, etc.
Parental guidance and support always helps the adolescents to build their self-confidence.
Parents can facilitate the development of confidence in adolescents by:
Being practical and encouraging practical and positive activities that can help the adolescent to build skills and enhance their development.
Providing opportunities to explore and try new things to help them identify their areas of interest and aptitude.
Modelling confidence in one's own ability as a parent, by being hopeful, positive and having a solution-focused approach.
Encouraging adolescents to identify something specific, and meaningful, that they would like to accomplish.
Helping the adolescents to develop short- and long-term plans for steps to reach their goals and identify possible problems and their solution, which might arise during the course.
Providing opportunity to develop their structure and routine.
Redirecting adolescents' inappropriate words and actions towards more productive ones.
"Self-Confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how great you are if you can't see it yourself"- Anonymous