A strong bond with at least one adult is extremely important for a child.
Take on projects together as a family. Taking part in meaningful and challenging family activities will help your child feel needed and important and will strengthen his or her sense of responsibility.
Set aside a regular time each week to plan family activities, and encourage your child to suggest activities.
Schedule family meetings to discuss family issues and resolve problems.
Give praise where praise is due. Acknowledging a child’s efforts will give him or her the incentive to continue.
Eat meals together regularly.
Observe traditional family rituals, such as holidays, birthdays and special events.
2. Building a better sense of purpose and hopefulness and a belief in a bright and successful future:
A sense of purpose and a positive attitude are necessary to establishing and achieving positive goals – a core building block for success and a key element in resisting negative behavior.
Encourage your child to look toward the future with optimism and to picture a bright and positive future from an early age.
Encourage your child to look ahead to what he/she would like to be doing one, three, five and 10 years from now.
Support your child’s positive ideas and discuss things he/she can do to make them happen.
Help your child keep a positive outlook, even when obstacles or hardships block his or her path.
3. Developing good relationships: Teach your child how to:
Choose friends wisely.
Get along with others.
Share and compromise.
Solve arguments and problems without fighting and,
Be the kind of person other people want to have as a friend and teammate.
4. Setting Realistic Goals:
Your child will learn how to make progress in life by learning to set goals and working to reach them.
Discuss what your child would like to accomplish.
Help your child set goals and work to reach them. The goals need to be realistic – something the child can actually accomplish.
Help develop a reasonable timetable, then help your child achieve results.
When a goal is achieved, celebrate the event.
As the child grows older, continue to help establish and reach new and larger goals.
5. Improving Problem–Solving Skills:
Children need to be taught how to make the best possible decisions when faced with a problem or when they need to choose a course of action.
Help your child consider alternative solutions.
Have your child think about the possible consequences of each alternative.
Select a solution that is most consistent with goals and values.
6. Teaching Self–Discipline:
Teach your child to consider the short and long term consequences of his or her actions.
Encourage your child to question which choices will help or hinder reaching set goals.
Have your child consider whether he/she would be proud of the choice or later regret it. Such questions help a child look toward the future instead of seeking instant gratification.