How to build confidence in teenagers; a short guide


It can be tricky to raise confident teenagers. Often, it is during the teenage years that young people feel at their most vulnerable. Confidence involves the belief that you’ll be successful in life, and is related to self-esteem and resilience. Thus, building and having confidence as a teenager is vital in helping them feel safe and make informed decisions.

You can help build confidence in your teenager by;

  • Helping them find their way to achieve success and helping them understand what they need to do to improve their chances of success.
  • Giving them the opportunity to try new things, to give them a chance to learn and decide for themselves what they do or don’t like to do.
  • Encouraging them to keep trying, even when they fail, and explaining that everyone makes mistakes.
  • Being a role model for them by talking with children about your own plans to try something, and by showing your own resilience if you happen to fail at the task.
  • Encouraging children to act confident by making eye contact with others, smiling, showing interest in others’, joining in conversation, doing the things they love and walking away from situations they aren’t comfortable with.


The Wishing Well foundation


The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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