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.
Be spontaneous! Do something different as a family. Use our Family Activity Generator to find ideas >>
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.”
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.
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