Ages 9-13: Promote
Understanding health is very important. Physical and hormonal changes often cause kids in this age range to care more about their weight and general appearance. Use this as an incentive to keep them healthy. Explain to them that alcohol and drugs can worsen conditions like acne or damage the health of hair and skin.
Give them the opportunity to make decisions. Give your kids the opportunity to make decisions, like whether or not to go to a party. This establishes your trust in them, and their ability to do the right thing.
Praise them for a job well done. Praise your children when they make smart choices. Positive reinforcement can go a long way. Let them know that making smart choices will bring about positive outcomes.
Say “I love you.” It is important for your children to know that you care. Tell them you love them frequently. Let them know you are there for them.
Making smart choices will bring about positive outcomes.