As a teen, your child is certain to face countless challenges, the greatest of which may be making it through their adolescent years with their self-esteem intact. Girls and boys are bombarded with conflicting messages that tell them to be something or someone that they are not – to look a certain way, to speak a certain way, to perform a certain way. Girls are told to be nice and expected to be “pretty.” Girls are told to act demure, never too loud or too “big.” Boys are often taught to be tough and not to show or express their emotions. They are expected to be athletic and aggressive. All of these pressures cause boys and girls to become disconnected from who they really are, and what they really want. As they approach and move through adolescence, it is essential that that they develop a sense of who they are and who they want to be in the world, and are able to use their confident voices in a variety of forms and forums.