© 2014 by OwnTheUpside of Polk County, Florida 
 

Your Role: Own It!

 

 

Be the BEST role model possible. 

Help them make smart decisions. 

Teach them it's okay to be who they are. 

Have dinner with your entire family. 

Present them with healthy distractions. 

Encourage them to hang with friends they trust. 

Focus on the Upside. 

One of the best things you can do to help your child stay away from risky behaviors is to strive (take out words by striving) to be the best role model possible for them. Think about your choices and the effect they will have on your child. Your wise decisions will provide an example for your children that can help empower them to make healthy choices in their own lives. Do you need a drink at every meal? 

Be the BEST role model possible.

Help them make smart decisions.

 

Talking about potential risky situations before they occur can really help your child make the right decisions. For example, talk with your child about underage drinking they may encounter at a party. You may suggest scenarios on how to deal with the situation and discuss what your child might do if they ever find themselves in such a situation.

Teach them it's okay to be who they are.

 

Support them in activities that they enjoy. For a lot of teens, it may be difficult to understand that it’s ok to be themselves. The media and their peers often present pressure to be part of a certain crowd. Working with your kids to teach them that being their own person is enough will build their confidence. Teens who are confident in who they are, are less likely to participate in risky behaviors, such as abusing drugs and alcohol. In fact, some studies now show that acting “cool" does not necessarily lead to being popular. Help your child think about the big picture and goals that they want to accomplish. Explain to them that the decisions they make today can affect their aspirations. Remind them that they should be proud to be who they and reinforce their positive qualities. 

 

"10 things" is an exercise that you can use to help your child become comfortable with who they are. You and your child can sit down together and each of you will create a list of ten qualities you admire about your child. These should be qualities that are not based on physical traits. Once you have both created your list, share them with one another and discuss why each of you chose the qualities that you did. 

 

For more information on the studies about "cool kid" success rates, copy and paste the link below:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/12/living/cool-kids-study-parents-duplicate-2/

Students who are engaged in extracurricular activities are more likely to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and other risky behaviors. Encourage your child to get involved in activities that they feel passionate about or in which they have an interest. Whether it be band, sports, clubs, or student government, help and support them in their search to find where they fit in so that they can become the best version of themselves!

Present them with Healthy Distractions.

Allow your child to hang out with other students who you feel are trustworthy. Limit the time spent with any who you do not trust. Students are more likely to make smart and healthy decisions when they have the strong support of like-minded peers who are encouraging in a positive and healthy way. 

Encourage them to hang with friends they trust