Where does this voice originate from? It definitely comes from outside of your teen and often comes from societal pressures stemming from the school culture/environment, community, online platforms and social media. So how do we begin to quiet this inner critic that resides in all of us?
At the end of the day, what’s most important is bringing to our teen’s awareness how the outside ‘noise’ and pressures creep up, and often present as their internal thoughts and voice. And share that they don’t need to accept the sound of that critical voice as part of who they are. That inner voice inside is not just there to spew criticism, but can actually be shifted to a softer, more loving voice of support and compassion.
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