Ask your child about his or her day. Find out the worst thing that happened and the best.
Curl up with your child and a good book today. Or share one of your favorite books with your teenager.
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Talk to your kids about why they should not use alcohol, smoke, or use drugs—don’t assume they already know why.
Regard each child as a unique and creative individual, avoiding verbal comparisons to their siblings and peers, such as “When your brother was your age…” or “Your friend never does that.”
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Respect your teenager’s privacy, but take interest in his or her friends and activities.
Write a thank you note with your child to a teacher, coach, or youth leader for being an important adult in his or her life.
Eliminate pessimistic phrases from your family vocabulary. Replace “It won’t work” with “Why not try it?” Instead of “You can’t do that by yourself,” try “I can help you do that, if you’d like.”