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Supporting Your Child to Independence

Teenagers can struggle with confidence and independence, especially with new experiences and skills. There are lots of things you can do to help develop your teenager's self-esteem, confidence and independence. A simple example would be encouraging your teenager to be involved in family decisions such as meal planning and shopping.

If possible, allow your teenager to make their own way to school. This could be by walking, cycling, getting the bus or train by themselves. Also give them choices about decisions they need to make, for example if you are dropping them off somewhere, ask where they would like you to drop them off.  

Use the links below to find trusted support on this topic.  Additionally, encourage your child to use the Health Topic pages for their relevant age group here on Teen Health.  They can find more information and resources to support them.

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BBC Bitesize

Teenagers: The critical years

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Young Minds

How to really listen to your child

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Tellmi


Tellmi is a safe, anonymous app for young people where they can talk about absolutely anything 

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Teen Health

Use the link on this page to contact Teen Health 

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Family Hubs Leicestershire

Family hubs support families, children and young people across Leicestershire.

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