Encouragement Changes Lives

We’ve all heard that kids need someone to look up to. Well, sometimes that’s not enough. They also need encouragement to know that they too are capable of being good, responsible and able to achieve great things.

This isn’t something they can do on their own. Teens especially need someone to believe in them so they can believe in themselves. Someone they do not want to disappoint.

They need someone who values them and expects great things from them. Not all teens have healthy parents to give that to them. I didn’t. I had to learn healthy behaviors through my friends and their families.

In my teen years, I had a family who stepped into my life, believed in me, and encouraged me to learn and grow. They had so much love and compassion in their approach that it bolstered my self-confidence. I did not think I was smart enough to go to college but they kept asking me about it and kept bringing up the subject as though it was an expectation without question. Because I felt it was an unreachable goal, they even suggested the easiest and; thus, most comfortable first step for me – Community College. Once I finally believed it was possible, I registered and was off. I achieved my grades which proved to me that I could do it and in turn kept me going until I finally graduated and launched into my career.

Is there a teen in your realm of influence that needs confidence and the courage to make good choices? Someone you can believe in so much that they don’t want to let you down? It doesn’t have to be complicated, you don’t need all the answers. and you don’t have to have special giftedness. Open your heart and show them unconditional love and give them words of encouragement. You could be helping someone just like me and we will be truly grateful.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica Holt
    Apr 13, 2014 @ 22:09:26

    Well written and inspiring as always. Thank you mom!

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  2. juleene
    Apr 13, 2014 @ 22:28:19

    Thank you for the conversation and inspiration Jess!

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  3. Kendra
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 00:39:06

    YES!!! I would even take it one step further. For some, it extends from life-changing to life-saving.

    When I was a teen, there were several teachers that encouraged me academically. But a friend’s mom encouraged me on a more personal level. I was just 13 years old when she entered my life, and I was already suicidal. She quite literally saved my life with her love.

    Sometimes all it takes is just one person to show that they care!

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  4. juleene
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 06:36:44

    Thank you Kendra for expanding the importance of encouraging young people and for sharing your story!

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  5. Sheila
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 14:57:53

    Well put, indeed. And it takes only one!

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