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					Education Committee Drug Free Task Force Presents:

Tips for Parents

10 Tips for Creating More Family Time

Children who have strong bonds with their families and school are least at risk of using alcohol and other drugs. Many of the things you can do to strengthen these bonds - such as showing warmth and affection - are based on common sense. You may find these ideas helpful in strengthening existing bonds - and even creating new bonds with your children.

1. Be a Good Listener Let your children know they can always come to you with their problems. Show respect for your child's concerns. Establish eye contact with your child when they are talking to you. If you are busy working on an activity of your own, set it aside so your child will have your full attention. Offer encouragement to help your children share ideas and ask questions.

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2. Show sincere interest in schoolwork and activities. Find common interests to talk about relating to school. Ask your children to show their schoolwork and proudly display their projects. Give them compliments and offer help when it's needed. Remember your child may not excel in the same subjects you enjoyed in school - allow them to find their own likes and dislikes. 3. Help To Set Realistic Goals Children are more likely to succeed when goals are short-term so they don't lose interest. The best goals are easy enough for them to accomplish, yet challenging enough so that they will grow. Praise your children for their efforts and avoid too much pressure. Don't demand that your child always be the best. Remember, we all have off days.

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4. Set Aside Time Just For Your Children Plan ahead so you can spend quality time with your children, especially on holidays and special occasions. Try to find opportunities to spend time alone with each child individually. If you're too busy or tired to spend time with your children, explain the reason and arrange another time.
5. Do things together as a family Look for family activities that don't involve watching television or spending money. There are lots of opportunities - playing a game, reading a book, going for a bike ride, building or baking something. Many cost nothing, but the rewards are great. Keep in mind that regular family meetings are a good idea so you can talk over plans as well as any problems.

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6. Family Workday Assigning chores helps children learn to be responsible. Making chores a family event fosters teamwork and creates time to spend with children and accomplish weekend work. Working together also teaches the dependence of families on the contributions of each other.

7. Show affection often. Don't assume your children know they are loved. Remember, a word, a smile or a hug from you can make a huge difference. Children are never too old to be told that they are loved.

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8. Develop your child's sense of well-being. Encourage them to be active, both physically and mentally. This can be as simple as getting them outdoors away from the T.V. or reading a story together. Nurture your children's interests in new sports, hobbies and activities. 9. Teach decision-making and problem-solving skills. You can help your children learn these skills as they face day-to-day decisions. For example, your child may have a conflict with two activities. Talk about the pros and cons of each choice, and then let your child make the decision.

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10. Get to know your children's friends and friends' parents. Call and introduce yourself. Stay in touch; share ideas and support. Communicate with other parents to make sure children's activities are always supervised.

Just talking to your child is only half the job. You can keep the lines of communication open by knowing how to listen and when to talk. Your child will tell you about the sights and sounds that influence them every day --- they are experts about fashion, music, TV, and movies that people their age follow. Ask your child what music and what music groups are popular and what their songs are about, what their friends like to do after school, what's cool and what's not and why. Encourage your child with phrases such as "That's interesting" or "I didn't know that", and by asking follow-up questions.

Try these tips:
1. Encourage your children to feel comfortable telling you about problems they may be having and asking you for help.

2. You might try rephrasing a child's comments to indicate that you have understood or give nonverbal support and encouragement by nodding and smiling.
3. Use a caring tone of voice to answer a child and use encouraging phrases to express interest and to keep the conversation going.

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Is Your Child Under

STRESS?

How can you tell if your child is under stress? Some signs of stress among young people include:
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Low self-esteem Little energy Short attention span Often sleepy Inactive Often misbehaves Angers easily Fights frequently Easily frustrated Change in eating habits Mood swings Change in appearance and personal hygiene

Is Your Child Under

STRESS?

There are many ways you as a parent can help reduce the stress in your child's life. Some of these include:
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Allow your child to express their feelings and concerns. Promote good nutrition and exercise during the early years so that these become habits for a lifetime. Let the child you care for know that you also experience pain, fear, anger, and nervousness. Look at your own coping skills to see if you are setting a good example. Set goals based on the child's ability --- not on someone else's expectations. Teach them the value of forgiveness of others and themselves. Don't tire your child out by having too many activities all at once. Establish a special time each day just for the two of you. Show confidence in your child's ability to handle problems and tackle new challenges. Help your child learn from mistakes and learn to forgive.

Parenting Tips --- Positive Ways to Manage Stress

Let's face it being a parent is stressful! There's so much to do to be a good parent that it's often difficult to attend to your own needs. Here are a few positive ways for parents to cope with stress. Get your children to bed early - consistently. That will give you some adult time. If they're not tired, you may want to stop their afternoon naps at home or day care. Exercise! Regular exercise relieves stress. It can improve your overall health and stamina, and can set a good example for your kids. Exercising as a family can be fun, too. The family that plays together stays together.

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Know what your kids watch on television. Talk with them about the shows they watch. Explain why a show is - or isn't - right for them. Make TV watching a special family activity. Spend time out at least once a month without your children. It's good for the kids to be with other caretakers from time to time. And it's good for you. Remember - parents need to take time for themselves. Try to connect honestly with other parents about your concerns and struggles. Vent your anger, get support and ideas. IT may be tough to do, but it will make you feel better.

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Try to connect honestly with other parents about your concerns and struggles. Vent your anger, get support and ideas. IT may be tough to do, but it will make you feel better. Remember your own childhood, and some positive moments you shared with your parents. Do the same activity with your kids. If you realize how important those moments were to you, it will help you create similar ones for your children. Recognize how relaxed you feel after you do take care of yourself. When you're relaxed, it's easier to parent!

For more information please contact your local Prevention office at (618) 533-2030.

April Hardy - Prevention Coordinator Yvette Glasgow - Prevention Specialist

Marcia Stinde - Prevention Specialist
Jessica Palazzolo - Prevention Specialist Annie Holtkamp - Prevention Specialist


				
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