Someone once said that people are products of society. This is true because outside the home, friends influence the person and this could either mean doing some good or bad things.
In the end, whatever happens outside comes back into the home. Teachers will probably talk to the parents to update the his or her development in the school. The worse can scenario is being called to the precinct to pick up the teen.
Many people will say that parents should be blamed should the child go astray. This is partly true given that these people are the legal guardians. Letting the child know how valuable that person is being a member of the family can prevent this.
It is not enough to just say, “I love you.” Parents should do more by spending more time and getting involved in some of the activities that the teen is doing. Mom or dad can encourage the person to practice harder learning an instrument, while participating in a sport or working on a piece of art work.
Parents should also be there to not only talk but also to listen to the teen. There are a lot of things that happen to an individual during the puberty and the best source of information should come from the parents and not from television, friends or the Internet.
When the child is still an infant, parents need to hold on to make sure he or she does not fall. As a grownup, this isn’t needed anymore so part of building self esteem among teens is to learning to trust certain decisions.
Empowerment is a word used very often in the workplace. This is when people are assigned a task with minimal supervision but in the event are able to deliver the desired results. Years from now, the teen will join the workforce and before that happens, one of best things that parents can give is empowerment to make certain decisions.
Not everyone may be that self confident compared to others so parents can help along by helping the teen find that forte. If the person is good with electronics, perhaps the son or daughter can become an engineer. Those who are good in the sciences can become a doctor.
These are just two examples of what could happen to a teen by fostering such talents now with the end result ten or fifteen years from now.
Parents will not be able to make the teen always do everything which is perhaps because of free will. Mom or dad should just say something and then it is up to the teen what to do next.
This may be whether the teen has a shot at being a member of the varsity team or what school and course the teenager would like to take up in college. These are big decisions and those who are mature enough will be to overcome the challenges.
With great power comes responsibility. Parents should instill that in the minds of the teens that the decisions made are things that the individual will have to live with. The person is the only one that can control his or her destiny.
There is no magic solution in helping a teen build up that self esteem. Parents, teachers, friends and the person will just have to hope for the best