What Advice Would You Give Your 15 Year Old Self?

Your adolescence is a very formative time, yet there are many teens who do not have the proper role models or mentors to impart the vital moral lessons, messages and forewarnings that are the keys to personal advancement and mental health.

Many of us can agree that our teenage years were a rollercoaster of emotions and uncertainty, that left many of us feeling anxious and lost.

Our adolescent years are so important, with the overarching goal to achieve independent thought and independent action. An adolescent’s life-long quest to find their identity and independence begins in their teenage years.

This is why we’ve gathered some words of advice from the community that teens can incorporate into their lives to hopefully make their adolescent years (and beyond!) a little easier to navigate.

advice to give your teenager

Many teens experience low self-esteem, insecurity, and lack confidence as they are developing their coping, problem-solving skills, and self-identity.

As a teen, having a parent or mentor that will not only offer up advice, but be present, patient and understanding, is vital to the teen’s development.

Supportive environments in the family, at school and in the wider community are also important. An estimated 10–20% of adolescents globally experience mental health conditions, yet these remain underdiagnosed and undertreated.

World Health Organization

Encouragement will empower your teen and allow them to fully engage, participate, and mature. From the media’s body image messaging to social media bullying, it’s no wonder the teenage years can be a time of turmoil. 

On top of that, the divorce rate is at about 50% and adds to the already great amount of change in adolescence and usually results in less contact between the teen and their parent(s).

But, if we can equip our adolescents with the knowledge and mental toughness that our adulthood experiences have provided, we may be able to make their young adult lives a little less complicated and intimidating. 

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