Our Kids: Keeping in Touch

In this week's "Our Kids" segment Dick Berry give a few tips to help keep in touch with your kids.

Anthony, when children reach adolescence, they want to have a little more space in their relationship with their parents. However, they still want and need your parental involvement.

As parents we want to keep as many positive connections with our teens as we can.

1. Go to his games, meets, matches, concerts, art shows.
A. What is important to him becomes important to you, because he
is important to you.

2. Eat A Meal With Him On A Regular Basis.

A. Research has shown that sharing a meal together helps
protect kids
from alcohol, drug use, teen pregnancy.

3. Ask a Meaningful Personal Question.
A. How was school? Do you have homework? Are not meaningful
personal questions. If the house was burning down and you
could only save one of your possessions, what would it be?

4. Have Some Fun Together.
A. Do something he enjoys

5. Say Something To Him Besides How He Is Messing Up.
A. Catch him being good
B. Let him know the ways he pleases you

6. Determine How He Communicates and Use His Preferred Method
A. Text him if that is a way that works for him.

7. Notice How He Connects With You.
A. Sometimes kids invite you to interact with them by being
naughty, lying, stealing, letting their grades drop. These are
guaranteed to get your attention.
B. You can't totally ignore those requests for attention, but don't get
caught only responding to the negative.

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