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Helping Kids Find Their Voice

How do you help a kid “find their voice?” The answer may surprise you…

Believe it or not, a lot of kids gifts first show up as irritating behaviors. But if you can recognize your teen’s talents and help refine their gifts, their true assets can build their self-worth. So as parents how can we recognize their gifts and respond in a way that helps them refine their raw talents and build self-esteem?

In this video, you’ll find out how to recognize and hone your child’s unrefined gifts, and build their self-esteem in the process.

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“To ‘find your voice’ you must first have the courage to open your mouth.”

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1. Encourage your child to get involved in whatever they “nerd out” over. As long as their interest is legal and they are excited about it, encourage them to refine and hone their passion by experimenting and trying something new in that area.

2. When teens are honing their passions, they are building what I call “step-esteem.” Step-esteem is the process of gaining esteem by taking a step towards something that is good for you and intimidates you a little bit.

3. Remember: Self-esteem isn’t given, it’s earned by facing things that are challenging and difficult. Anyone can build self-esteem, remind yourself and your teen it’s not something given to just a select few.


VIDEO: Getting Your Teen To Open Up

RESOURCE: Josh Shipp’s Teen Mentoring Program


Self-esteem and self-worth can be developed by developing your teen’s interests. Encourage your child to follow whatever they “nerd out” about and you’ll be well on your way to helping them build their self-esteem and find their voice.

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