By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger
Alcohol use by teens is sometimes considered a “gateway” to a wide range of other high-risk activities, including premature sexual activity and illegal drug use.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Notice when your kids are acting differently and talk to them about it.
Ask other parents about family activities they enjoy doing. Then try something they recommend.
It’s okay to get overwhelmed from time to time as a parent. Be patient with yourself.
Give young people appropriate and important responsibilities within the family. For example, ask a younger child to help an adult do laundry, or ask an older child to prepare a meal.
Encourage your kids to ask questions about life, death, and other spiritual issues. More tips for fostering spiritual development >>
Schedule family time on a regular basis so that everyone isn’t always going in different directions.
Take time to talk with your child about the new things you are learning, and ask her or him to tell you about what she or he is learning. Get more ideas for supporting learning in your family >>
Find positive role models for your kids. They’re in your community, your kids’ school, and at your work place.
When your child is curious about something, help her or him learn more.
Plan a progressive party in your neighborhood; ask each family to prepare one snack, and begin the evening at your home. As a group, move from home to home until each family has had a turn to host.
Tell your kids how much you like being with them.
Talk about how you decide when to spend money and why. Teach your kids how to budget. More tips for teaching kids money management >>
Tell other parents when you see their child doing something responsible or generous. Try to find opportunities to say positive things more often than you report misbehavior.