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If you’re anything like me, your teens (and tweens) probably have a very different conversation with you than they do with their friends … or someone else they like and trust that is probably younger and  ‘so much cooler than Mum’!

Yes, it definitely says a little that all I usually get are a few one line responses but in the midst of the fact that teens today are facing more and more challenges when it comes to their self-esteem & confidence, I just want to know that my children are happy, feeling confident in all aspects of their life and feeling great about their future.

Is this what you’re hoping for your teens too?

To really get a feel for how Australian teens are feeling right now confidence-wise, we launched the TEEN CONFIDENCE SERIES.

Proudly brought to you by MoM and our partners Invisalign® Australia, we got our camera-man James to spend a couple of days with a bunch of friends. Boys and girls – from 13 to 18. They hung out and talked about confidence in particular.

We’re in love with the results (how do teens get so wise)?! We love that on their own, they’re considering ways in which they help themselves feel more confident in all sorts of situations. We’d love you to watch these videos through but also share them with your teens. Because we believe that if our teens feel confident within themselves, their future is all the brighter!

In the PHYSICAL CONFIDENCE video Emma and Kai talk about strategies they use to feel confident when trying new physical activities:

In the CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE video, Toby and Bailey (both about to finish Year 12) talk about how they’re planning now in order to feel confident about where they’re headed:

Sacha and Claire share some honest opinions in the SOCIAL CONFIDENCE video on how they used to feel in social situations and their tips for feeling confident when it comes to meeting new people or in larger group situations.

In the ACADEMIC CONFIDENCE video Mary and Claire talk about what they’re doing now to feel confident when it comes to school work and study at home. 

A huge thanks to all the teens who volunteered to help us put the TEEN CONFIDENCE series together; it was a big chunk of time on their school holidays and filming the series pushed them to really think and talk about how they’re navigating their teen years and staying positive and confident.

A huge thanks too to our partners, Invisalign Australia, in helping produce the Teen Confidence Series, which highlights how confidence in your teen and a great smile can help move them to be brave enough to navigate their way through different situations they encounter in life.

Take the Invisalign Free Assessment ta great tool to help you and your teen learn about how Invisalign clear aligners are a subtle and clear alternative to braces.

Further information is available here

How are your teens feeling in terms of their confidence? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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  • Great collection of videos MOM’s and Invisalign. I’m sure the teens and tweens had fun creating these with you.

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  • Some in their teens feel embarrassed talking to their parents about somethings and what their ideas might be, but will talk to another adult they have confidence in and can trust – I know of one teen who finds it easier to talk to his Grandpa or Uncle that he is very close to.

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  • I love these and they really resonate with my family. My son is in the middle of Year 12, so these discussions were all very familiar to me.

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  • This is very interesting and a real eye opener, thank you so much for sharing.

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  • Really interesting article to read.

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  • Great article and videos -yes, the conversations would be totally different!

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  • Of course teens are talking about different things when they’re together, so did I when I was that age ! It’s such a precious and beautiful age, I love my teens !!


    • I wonder if it’s true that teens today are facing more and more challenges when it comes to their self-esteem & confidence ? I remember battling with the same issues when we were young and actually asked my mum (84yr old) and she battled with the same issues as well !!

      I’m also glad that my teens don’t respond in a few line sentences (as the article suggests), we love to talk and hug. However I’m sure that the conversations I have with my kids totally differ from the conversations they have with their friends indeed.

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  • Don’t have teenagers my kids are young but the videos are great

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  • It certainly would be interesting to be a fly on the wall

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  • I would love to hear what my daughter says when she’s with her friends.

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  • Fantastic videos – would love to hear the feedback from parents who show these videos to their teens.

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