While your teen is growing up they want to be more like the teens around then rather than stick out. Call it human nature. They discover as they get older and out there in the real world that the thing that make them different often brings them the most reward.

When your teen looks at people that make the cover of magazines, they can forget the struggle they undergo to get there. Honestly, they probably don’t even consider the challenges and neither do most of the adults looking at the magazine either. Cindy Crawford in the Sports illustrated magazine swim edition was told her she would have to remove the mole in order to make it big in modeling. Jennifer Aniston was asked to alter her very Greek nose, but no one thinks about that when they see her on the cover of the magazine. Any magazine because Ms Anniston puts a lot of food on people’s tables just by letting people take her photograph getting a coffee at starbucks. When Seal first hit the top of the charts and you saw the cover of the CD, you noticed his scars on his face due to discoid lupus and then you heard his music. Surely someone asked him to airbrush the photo when they realized the undertaking of having to market this artist? Someone must have decided to use his hair.

These scars and features are the defining trademark of some of these artists. Without them, we could not so quickly remind someone of the guy who played Johnny Cash or sang “Kiss from a Rose.” The thing that separates your teen from others is the thing that allows your teen to be memorable. So if your teen has a special thing about them, the thing that makes them stand out, challenge them to live up to that difference by making their lives equally memorable. How else can you honor such a distinguishing mark?