The truth is that children and teens learn by watching and hearing what we say and do. When we model confidence and high self-esteem, we teach them. When we model good work ethics and acceptance of others, we show teens how they should behave and help them develop confidence.
Steer Clear of Comparisons and Shaming Others
When you surf the web with your kids, watch what you say. When using a search engine, beware of letting slip negative comments about the photos on the search engine results page (SERP). About 68% of online experiences start on a search engine. Avoid comparing one individual to another and making comments that could be seen as shaming. You can make compliments while teaching manners, shopping, or searching for information online.
Talk About Body Acceptance
You can also teach body acceptance while teaching self-improvement. Focus on proper hygiene and health in and of themselves. Teach that you should wash your face and brush your teeth daily as a part of essential healthy hygiene. This practice helps teens with common problems such as acne without making them focus on their looks. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 50 million people in the U.S. have acne, with approximately 85% being teenagers.