Posted on: Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Back to school season is here, and with that comes good things like structure to your kids’ daily lives and hanging out with their friends on a regular basis. But like these good things, more negative things can come along, such as the stress of homework, teen dramas, and self-esteem issues and your child’s perception of body image.
In light of Acne Awareness Month, it is said that the first self-esteem drop one experiences is in between the ages of nine to thirteen years old, which you can read more about here. Physical imperfections, such as acne, can cause a self-esteem drop in one’s adolescent years as it can be perceived by an adolescent as an embarrassing abnormality that makes them stand out in a negative way, hindering their ability to fit in based off the way they look. This perception can have a domino effect of negative feelings and emotions in the adolescent, affecting the way they may see themselves and how they believe other people perceive them (which is a big deal for adolescents).
While it is normal for a teen to lack confidence sometimes, adolescence is a vulnerable time that can cause a huge drop in self-esteem during this phase of life. Now, as a parent this may worry you, but there are many things you can do to proactively and reactively help your teen’s self-esteem, which you can read about here.