Preteens are undergoing massive amounts of physical growth. Their height, weight, bones, muscles and internal organs are growing like crazy. Furthermore, the growth is often disproportional. Their feet might be growing faster than the rest of their bodies or their head is unusually large. This helps to explain why many preteens are a bit awkward and uncoordinated. Couple that with the comparison game that preteens play. They’re constantly comparing themselves to peers and experience feelings of inferiority when they don’t measure up. Their awkwardness reinforces those feelings. In other words, preteens often struggle with a poor self-image.
What can you do to boost their self-image?