Every year more and more teens are opting to undergo elective surgeries to feel better about their appearances. According to ABCNews, over 90,000 elective surgeries are done every year on teens and that number is growing.
When I saw that number, my jaw just about hit the floor. That is a lot of children that are opting to get special, and sometimes dangerous, procedures to feel better about themselves. I have to wonder what the parents of these children are thinking?
Recently a girl named Nadia Ilse was in the news because she chose to have plastic surgery. She had been taunted by peers about her ears, being called names like “dumbo”. This risky surgery cost around $40,000 by a charity named Little Baby Face Foundation. She may feel better, but is this really the best answer?
I was bullied as a child, and completely understand wishing I could change my appearance, but I think it’s time that parents teach their kids how to love themselves just as they are!
My childhood caused me to be VERY self conscious. It’s something I struggle with to this day. That’s why when I had kids, I worked with them on loving themselves. They were raised to love the things that make them unique. They understand it’s the jerks doing the teasing that have the problems, not them.
Enough is enough! A far healthier alternative is to develop the character and confidence necessary to navigate adolescence with a respect for yourself – and others. Traci S. Campbell
Let’s find ways to work on teens’ self esteem rather than agreeing to let them go under the knife. Could you live with yourself as a parent if you agreed to a risky surgery, and your child didn’t make it all for the sake of vanity? I know I couldn’t.
Here are some great tips to help promote teen self-esteem from Traci S. Campbell
• Forget Hollywood – be your own personal celebrity. Forget about the fake glam and glitz and learn to make your own style!
• Go in before you go out: Take time to talk nicely to yourself so you feel fabulous when you take the time to dress up to go out!
• Get old-fashioned: Foster old fashioned beliefs like empathy, putting others first, and honesty and integrity. These are character traits that make you an awesome person, not what size clothes you wear.
Turning a teen’s self esteem around isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight. Being a teen is a tough time full of uncontrollable hormones, and peer pressure. It’s also a time that parents need to stay strong, and let their kids know that they are loved NOW. Changing the outward appearance is a temporary fix for what is going on in the inside of a self-conscious child. Let’s find a way to make them feel better about themselves permanently.
How do you guys feel about teens going under the knife? If your child was unhappy with their appearance would you agree to let them have plastic surgery?