February 14, 2017
Bridget Richard, LISW-S
Show up to the school play/sports/performance
Get to their activities on time
Family dinner, at the table
Snuggle on the couch
Say no and mean it
Admit when you are wrong
Turn off Facebook alerts
Say, "I am proud of you."
Point out what they did right, not what they did wrong
Ask, “Do you want my advice?”
When they say, “No” just listen.
Unless it is dangerous just bite your lip and listen
Talk about sex
Talk about drugs
Talk about media use
Listen to their music in the car
Share your music with them
Don’t compare your childhood experience to theirs
Share your stories
Spend time as a family
Spend time with them one on one
Help them with their homework, or get a tutor to.
Say, “I believe in you.”
Explain your expectations clearly
Put a happy note in their lunch
Be respectful to the other parent(s)
Listen, listen, listen
Leave your room and spend time in the kitchen/family room
Treat each child as an individual
Put down the cell phone
Say, “I love you.”
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