Like any typical adult, teens have a strong desire to fit in and be accepted by their peers. Unlike most adults, teens aren’t equipped with a solid foundation of wisdom and self-esteem to guide them through social situations. Teen issues with low self-esteem are common, and when you combine them with the fear of rejection and other fears about the future, it’s a recipe for worry.
The Fear of Rejection: It’s Not Just About Romance
No one wants to get rejected by their crush, but for a teen, the fear of being judged by friends is equally powerful. Fear of being laughed at or rejected from a social group can persuade a teen to do all sorts of things she isn’t comfortable with, from having sex to going along with criminal activity. If you want your teen to resist this peer pressure, you’ll need to help her develop strong self-esteem.
Teen Issues with the Future: Where to Go From Here
Fear about the future can weigh on your teen, making her even more stressed out and likely to give in to peer pressure. Some teens have a strong dream and life plan from a young age, but others have no idea what to do for a career. If your teen hasn’t yet decided what to do about college or work, she might be more nervous than she is letting on.
Make sure to offer support in this area, but be careful not to pressure your child in a stressful way. Every individual has the right to make their own choices about things like school and career. You can offer guidance, but you can’t force your child to be the person you feel they should be. Instead, try to offer encouragement and realistic expectations. Let it be known that many people don’t find their life’s work until they are older. The important thing is getting a basic education beginning a part-time job to learn financial responsibility.
For more information about helping your teens deal with their fears about life, please contact me today. I run online retreats and workshops that can help you and your child work through the tough issues together.
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