Puberty is a confusing and emotional time for children as they begin to make the transition to adulthood.
Embarrassment over their changing bodies or blemished skin can lead to them retreating into their shell a little but, to a certain extent, that’s all part of growing up and not something to be concerned about.
They have to find a way to process what’s happening and develop the coping and self-soothing skills they need to get through it.
Of course, you should always be there to support them and talk to them when they ask for guidance. The goal is the find a healthy balance between giving them their independence but also letting them know you’re there when they need you.
However, if you notice that your teen is unusually quiet, reserved, downbeat or nervous, it’s worth paying closer attention.
He or she may be dealing with low self-esteem and if this isn’t dealt with early, it can have far-reaching effects on their adult life, particularly when it comes to their career, self-worth and personal relationships.