Do you wonder how you can correct your teen without damaging their self-esteem?
Here are 3 tips -
1. Never criticize your teenager in front of others
Teens care a lot about what others are thinking about them.
When you criticize your teenager in front of someone else â your teenager will not listen and absorb what you are saying.
Her/his whole focus will be on somehow saving face and looking good in front of the other person.
You will find your teenager getting angry or answering back or doing something foolish to look smart
2. Donât compare
When you compare your teenager to someone else â it becomes a personal attack.
Teenagers are constantly struggling with their identity and trying to prove to themselves that they are good enough.
When you compare â you are putting your teenagerâs worst fear into words. When you compare your teenager begins to believe that she/he is not good enough.
And this is what really damages self-esteem.
3. Be specific
Remember that you are saying this because you want your teen to improve.
Do not criticize unnecessarily. And donât criticize everything about your teenager.
If you want your teenager to get better marks â only talk about how to improve the marks.
Do not deviate from the topic by bringing in other things like
âYou also keep your room so untidyâ and âYou never wish my friends when you meet themâ
Teen parenting is not easy
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