I just finished a great workshop on self-esteem and friendships with a group of 13 year old girls, what a wonderful bunch of girls but they are so confused about body image, friendship and growing up. If you have a young teenager in your house – try to talk to them about friendship/body image – share your own experiences with them (good and bad), it will help them to understand and know that this confusion is normal. They are very clever and very open to advice. I work with over 1200 teenagers a year and have never had a problem with respect, attitude etc…they are just confused about so many things at the same time. I often describe their minds to a washing machine, never stops turning around and around. Help them to understand, give them realistic advice, help them to learn how to problem solve. Communication is everything.


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