Showering your child with expensive gifts or lavish experiences may reinforce your daughter’s notion that she’s extra special. It may also teach her that her self-worth is built around having stuff—and showing those things off to others.
Set limits on how much you give to your child. Remind her that life isn’t all about elevating her status. Instead, she has time and talent she could give to others.
Your teen is bombarded with advertisements on TV and on the internet. Many of those ads will try to convince her she needs to buy certain products to appear more beautiful or wealthier than others. Those messages could reinforce to her that she needs to focus on superficial things.
Additionally, most teens spend a fair amount of time on social media. Whether your teen is obsessed with taking the perfect selfie or she’s bragging about your latest family vacation, social media may serve as an outlet for her narcissism.
Most teens spend an average of nine hours per day using digital devices. It’s important to set healthy limits on screen time. Encourage her to participate in a wide variety of activities that will help her become well-rounded.
When your teen gets an A on an exam, it may be tempting to praise her for being smart. And when she scores the winning goal in the game you might feel compelled to point out she’s a great soccer player. But praising your child for her accomplishments will fuel her ego.
Instead, praise her efforts so you can build character, rather than inflate her ego. Say things like, “I can tell you worked really hard,” or “You really hustled on the field today.” Then, she’ll know you value her effort more than her achievement.
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