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How To Boost Your Teenís Self-Esteem

Everyone has a constant inner monologue running 24/7. You talk to yourself more than anyone else. And what you say in your mind shapes your self-esteem, which literally impacts everything in your life. That’s why it’s vital to boost your child’s self-esteem while they are young in order to provide an even brighter future. 

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem can be broken down into 2 words: self and esteem. Translation: How do you esteem yourself? Or more simply, how do you judge, regard, feel about, perceive, love or value yourself? This includes personal introspection about your character, qualities, talents, social skills, and body.

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But that is not why we do it. Not entirely.

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The first ember I ever busted was achieved because I let go of fear. For me, I saw bow drilling as a metaphor for my success as a field instructor. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was hinging my self-worth on whether or not I was able to achieve an ember. And I was failing. Over and over and over again, I tried and failed. I felt angry. I felt powerless. I felt hopeless. I felt like a bad staff. It was was cognitive distortion, though I didn’t know that at the time. Fortunately, I had supportive team members around me, coaching me in form and technique. And trusting, so absolutely, that one day I would bust. It would happen. I was the only one who didn’t believe that. And I was the one attaching my own worth to something outside of me. I stopped letting the ember drive me. I focused on the process. I breathed. And I busted an ember.

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Be an actively involved parent.

 

Take an active interest in your teenager’s life by aiming for the three Ls: love, limits, and latitude.

    • Love. It may be uncomfortable, but show your teen some love. Thankfully, love is personal and can take many forms:
      • Give your child a bear hug after school (avoid early morning hugs, since at that hour most teens are like a bear waking up from hibernation)
      • Share a blanket as you watch a movie together on the couch
      • Buy their favorite treat as a surprise
      • Simply say, “I love you.”

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Preventative Measures to Help Teens Avoid Risky Behaviors

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What a valuable, purposeful and honorable position you are in! Whether you’re a parent, family member, teacher, therapist, or friend, you have the opportunity to change a teen’s life! Perhaps you’re raising a pre-teen that has a wild side. Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to impact the students that spend most of their time with you. You might be a caring relative or family friend who understands the influence of positive relationships. You can change a teen’s future!

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Get Ahead of the Curve: Preventative Measures to Help Teens Avoid Risky Behaviors

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What a valuable, purposeful and honorable position you are in! Whether you’re a parent, family member, teacher, therapist, or friend, you have the opportunity to change a teen’s life! Perhaps you’re raising a pre-teen that has a wild side. Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to impact the students that spend most of their time with you. You might be a caring relative or family friend who understands the influence of positive relationships. You can change a teen’s future!

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Guidance for Parents of Struggling Teens

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When you held your tiny infant in your arms, you wished all the best for their future: success, friendship, health, and joy. But eventually independence, rebellion, stressful life situations, behavioral issues, or emotional stressors set in. And here you are now, overcome with emotions centered around your struggling teen.

How can I help my son with his depression and anxiety?

What can I do to get my daughter to speak to me?

I don’t understand why my teen behaves/reacts this way.

How did I not see this coming?

Where did I go wrong?

What now?

 

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Guidance for Parents of Struggling Teens

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When you held your tiny infant in your arms, you wished all the best for their future: success, friendship, health, and joy. But eventually independence, rebellion, stressful life situations, behavioral issues, or emotional stressors set in. And here you are now, overcome with emotions centered around your struggling teen.

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Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder

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Blue Ridge addresses underlying symptoms and chronic behaviors associated with mood disorders such as withdrawal from others, avoidance of positive activities and expectations, difficulty going to school, social and general anxiety, sleeping too much or too little, mood swings, suicidal ideation, and other issues that do not resolve within a few weeks or months in the home environment. The program itself is effective treatment for depression and anxiety, with normal sleep hours, daily exercise, and healthy food. The clinical treatment provides individual work on underlying issues, assertive communication, and frequent expression of feelings.

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The Admissions Process

1. Call us anytime! Getting to know you and your child is of the utmost importance to us and to the admissions process. Please speak with one of our admissions professionals so that we may learn more about your child and his or her specific needs.

2. After speaking with an admissions professional, please complete the application for admission.

Once your application is received, our admissions team will conduct a comprehensive application review. Each applicant is thoroughly evaluated by our team to determine appropriateness for the program. Acceptance is communicated to prospective families within 24 hours or less of a completed admissions review

3. Upon submission of your child’s application and program acceptance, you will be prompted to download the Participation Release Packet for Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness. Upon completion, please fax/email all release forms and additional required documents (the list of additional documents is provided in the release packet) to our admi

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Group Psychotherapy and Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

The Brilliance of a Circle and Nature: Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

A group of people sitting in a circle in the wilderness is an image we can all imagine, have seen, and/or been a part of. It's a powerful image. Why is this such a powerful image? It is something that has been going on for centuries. There is inherent wisdom, not only in the act of sitting in a circle and being a part of a group but also in what the magical element of the wilderness provides to this already rich experience.

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