By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger
How do you raise a child with character? By teaching positive values. Values are like an integrated compass—they help point the way to thinking and acting appropriately.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
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.”
Intentionally start conversations with your kids about honesty, friendships, giving to others, and making tough decisions so that you can hear how their values are taking shape.
Realize that in order to learn from mistakes, children have to make mistakes. Don’t blow up when they make a poor choice. Don’t rescue them from natural consequences.
Help your children understand the difference between what we can and can’t control. For example, we can control what we say and do; we can’t control what other people say and do.
Teach your children that kids who pressure them to do things they know they shouldn’t do are not true friends at all. Talk about times when you had to let go of a friendship that wasn’t helpful to you.
Allow your child to express their opinions on various subjects, even (or especially) if they differ from yours. Kids feel supported when they know you value their opinions.
By: Molly Daniels, Guest Blogger
Forget Facebook and Twitter, the new social media tool of choice is Snapchat. The messaging platform boasted 26 million U.S. users at the end of 2013, according to Pew Research.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0