Confidence vs Self-Esteem

Do you know the difference between self-esteem and self-confidence? Self-esteem is how good you feel about yourself. Confidence is how you feel about your abilities. You can’t force either, but we can do damage when we shower unearned praise. Instead of building confidence, it can create a fear of failure. Yikes. Self-esteem comes from within, not outside opinion, so help your teen build their self-esteem by pointing out how their actions lead to an outcome. Move from starting sentences with “you are” to “you did.” Instead of “you are smart” say, “you studied so you aced the test!”

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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