The influence you have on your kids is more dependent on a trusting relationship than how much authority you have over them. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do to nurture that relationship is provide them with consistent and ongoing support and encouragement. But the most important part? Simply being present. Eat dinner as a family or set aside quality time, find out what interests them and encourage them to pursue their dreams.
How do I support my kids?
The love, support, trust, and optimism your provide at home will not only help your kids feel safe and secure, they will act as powerful weapons against peer pressure and the many challenges of everyday life, making your kids more resilient, happy, and healthy. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Actively encourage finding their interests, skills, and passions.
- Listen without judgement and do your best to understand their concerns.
- Acknowledge their achievements and provide support through mistakes and challenges.
- Set clear and consistent household expectations and consequences.
- Be fair and trustworthy.