Self-Esteem for your Tween

by: Maggie DiPasquale

Figuring out self-confidence at any age can be a challenge, so what can you do as a parent to boost self-esteem in your tween daughter? Confidence comes from digging yourself from the inside out, which means developing a strong inner relationship. As a Modern Mentor to your daughters, here are my tips for encouraging a positive self-image:

  • Mind your Own Words – Your daughters listen to you, even if it seems like they’re not (I promise). Be mindful of the words you use to describe your own body; your own stress; your own relationships. These are the words your girls use to describe themselves too.
  • Meditate – A strong inner relationship is the foundation of high self-esteem. Not only does meditation lower stress and manage anxiety, it allows girls to get to know themselves. When you sit in stillness, you connect to your inner guidance system helping to navigate life authentically. Need tips on meditating? Look here.
  • Get Grateful – Gratitude needs to be a daily practice. Help your daughters focus on what they do have, instead of what they don’t. You can do this by speaking openly about what you’re grateful for or by helping your girls keep a gratitude journal. I write down three different things I’m grateful for every night.
  • Reflect – What was the best part of your day? What was the worst? What are you looking forward to tomorrow? This simple reflection, done at dinner or before bed, will not only help your children reflect on their day, but will also give you a chance to consider your own day as well. You can’t get to know yourself if you’re not thinking about the life you live.
  • Find a Mentor – As the oldest in my family, I always wished I had a big sister to go to for advice. Everyone needs a confidant they can turn to. Mentors come in all different shapes and sizes, so encourage your daughters to align with someone who holds similar values to you and your family.


THANKS to Our Contributor!

Maggie DiPasquale is the creator of the Modern Mentor Program, a self-help resource for tweens and teens. Check out her website to learn more.


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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.


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