Studies show that when teens feel awe, they are reminded that the world is much bigger than they are. So whether your teen experiences a sense of awe by gazing at the stars or by visiting a museum, do things that help her think about history or natural wonders of the world.
Show your teen you’re invested in helping other people. Whether you stop to help people when you see a need or you take meals to your elderly neighbor every week, incorporate community service into your daily life. Your compassion for other people will trickle down to your teen.
A narcissistic teen will assume other people’s behaviors are somehow related to her. So when a friend doesn’t call her back she might assume her friend is mad at her. Or she might insist the teacher who gave her a poor grade doesn’t like her.
Gently ask questions, like, “Is that the only possible reason your friend didn’t call back?” Help your teen see that while her conclusion is definitely a possibility, there are also dozens of other alternative explanations.
If all of your teen’s consequences focus on her belongings, she may grow to believe material possessions are the most important thing in life. It’s OK to restrict her cellphone privileges or take away her electronics sometimes, but make sure you use other consequences too.
Consider disciplining her by taking away experiences, by grounding her from going to her friend’s house over the weekend. Or, assign extra chores, like doing more yard work, for misbehavior.
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