The teenage years can be an emotionally traumatic time for a teenager. Emphasis on associating with peers and finding one's own identity emerges during the teenage years, and feelings of confusion and insecurity can be common if a teenager is not guided with love and support. Self-esteem is a crucial weapon for teenagers to deal with the challenges and new experiences life throws at them. Parents and other authority figures should always attempt to build self-esteem in teenagers. If they achieve it, they have helped teenagers in a way that will last throughout their lives.