Teenage Self Esteem
(Plano, Texas, USA)
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My 14 year old son thinks that he is not worthy of anything he does or says. He is very bright, straight A student, has four friends he is very close with, is on the track team, and has a younger sister.
My wife and I have spoken with him numerous times about his feelings, but he keeps insisting that anything he does is not good enough and he is not worthy of the things he has. He always takes care of everyone else and then thinks of himself.
"I love you" flows freely in our family and although my daughter doesn't say it, my son says it frequently when we say it to him. I want him to be confident and I want him to know that we love him very much.
What can I say or do to make him gain the confidence he needs to move forward? I want him to believe that what he does and says is important and we listen to him, no matter what the subject is.
Please help. Thank you.