Besides watching their favorite star on television girls are trying to emulate the look of their favorite singers. Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are just a few of the popular singers that young girls wish they could be and look like. They are told and believe from what they see that in order to compete in today’s world, be liked by others and achieve success that they have to look a certain way. Other factors attributed to lower self-esteem are peer pressure, boyfriends or lack of, weight issues and even family life. Teen girls can become so overwhelmed with these issues that they will do anything to fit in.
Although society and the media have a tremendous influence on the self-esteem of young girls, they are solely not to blame. A healthy self-esteem should start at home and how a child is raised. According to an article found on Ask.com there are four basic elements that a child must receive from their parents in order to develop a healthy self-esteem. They are love, flexibility, communication and feeling valuable. Parents are their child’s first teacher and the lessons taught by them can be the difference between a child growing up with a healthy positive self-esteem or a damaged one. It is important that parents show their teen girls how loved and valuable they are. They need to feel that they are worthy, loved and well respected. With these values being taught at home from an early age, it is more likely a young girl will grow up feeling good about herself and understand that she can achieve all her goals and become what she is destined to be, great.
June 11, 2012
Topic: Building Confidence & Self-Esteem in African-American Teens