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Help Them Make Healthy Choices

If you want to be able to help your teen make good choices, it's important to develop an atmosphere of trust and open communication in your family, before your child becomes a teen. Once you have a proven track record of being open, and share loving communication, your teen will be more likely to accept your input and guidance.  Here are some practical ways to help.

Help your teen think through potential situations before they happen.  Discuss with them all the options and their consequences.

Share openly about relevant experiences in your life. Don't be afraid to share your mistakes and your successes—and don't forget to say what you learned from them.

Model healthy choices and healthy relationships—Remember, they are watching you! Set a good example.