I have long asserted that as children grow into adolescence they need suitable challenges. Taking risks and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone will contribute to positive self-esteem. Looking at the ways in which boys are intiated into manhood in different cultures around the world, my husband and I have talked about suitable challenges for our boys as they get older - and the importance of good adult mentors to catch them as they venture out from the family.
This article from Psychology Today agrees that the teenage brain is wired for risk taking. Indeed, it is a way in which young people discover their identities. Learning to solve problems, working with others and pushing out of their comfort zones led to a sense of accomplishment, good self-esteem, a path to happiness.