The time between the ages of 8 and 14 can be a difficult period for any child. Puberty is a chaotic experience for both boys and girls. Tween and teen girls are forced to cope with the added challenge of their confidence taking a plunge during these years.

Girls this age experience an extremely significant and dramatic drop in confidence that often causes long-lasting effects. Between the ages of 8 and 14, girls’ confidence levels fall by 30 percent.

There are many ways to identify signs of a confidence drop in your daughter. She may become more unwilling to take risks or dwell on the possibility of failure. Her lack of confidence may also cause her to be reserved socially, not wanting to put herself out there.

But there is good news! Confidence during these uncertain years can be encouraged and even created. It may not be easy to persuade young girls into dismissing their negative thoughts, but research has found proven methods to support girls through this tumultuous time.

Read more: The New York Times