Characteristics of a Confident Teenager

What characteristics of self-confidence do confident teens show?

Here are ten behaviors you can identify as ways in which a teen with self-confidence will act:

1.) Confident teens will always look people in the eye when talking with them. They will not look away as if they are shy.

2.) A confident teenager will have good  hygiene habits and cares about what their appearance says to others. In fact sometimes they overdo it, especially girls who have been known to spend hours getting ready for a night out.

   3.)  A teen is showing confidence when they are not scared to share ideas with their class, club or group. They have the confidence to express their opinion without feeling vulnerable or worried about others reactions.

  4.)  A confident teen is able steer clear of harmful situations and to say no to peers when they need to. They will start to recognize what is right for them and feel like they do not have to take part just to be accepted.This doesn’t mean that they will begin to give their friends lectures on the differences between right and wrong. They just tend to be able to avoid the bad behaviors of their peers.

5.) On a normal basis, a confident teen has a ready smile.

6.) A teen will show their confidence when making plans for the future. These teens tend to know where they want to go to, ( technical school, into the health fields, etc.) even if they don’t know exactly what they want to do. A Confident teenager will be focused on their future.

7.) A confident teen doesn’t show-off their accomplishments. While they may be proud of themselves and tell you about something good that has happened, they aren’t ostentatious.

8.) Confident teens don’t beat themselves up over a mistake. They look for ways to fix their mistakes and will change how they handle a situation the next time around. They will have developed creative skills and will be able to analyze a problem and learn from the situation

9.) Confident teens find  by not being afraid to try new things. They are the teens that tend to get themselves over scheduled. They need to keep control of their time management to not become over committed.

10.) A teen is showing their confidence when they are willing to help those around them. When you help someone, you make a statement about how you feel on whatever it is you are doing. It takes confidence to do this.

Please do not get hung up if you feel your teen does not have all these qualities and think your teen is not confident. Adolescence is about the ups and downs of becoming who you are and situational circumstances can make the most confident teen act unsure at any time. If there is one thing certain about the developing adolescent is that nothing stays the same.