3 Ways to Influence Your Kids in Positive Ways This Summer
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Most children and teenagers look forward to summer for the break from schoolwork, the countless days outside in the sunshine, and the memories they’ll create with their friends and loved ones. Of course, summer break is so much more than that. Summer is a great opportunity for kids to devote time to their passions, explore their interests, try new experiences, and have fun, but it’s also a time for parents to spend a little extra quality time with them and impart a few extra words of wisdom.
Here are three tips for parents on how to positively influence your kids this summer:
- Get some R&R.
No, we don’t mean Rock & Roll (although that’s great, too). The R&R you definitely want to focus on this summer is Rest & Relaxation. The school year can be stressful for parents and students alike. Take this much-needed opportunity to relax and unwind during your summer break. This is more than just a way to unwind while bonding as a family. Use these opportunities to show your kids the importance of prioritizing self-care. These are skills that could help them avoid the temptations of drugs and alcohol, while keeping them on the right track – hopefully for life.
- Talk to your kids
Healthy, happy families are families that take the time to communicate with each other. The extra free time during the summer can do more than simply cause boredom. It can also be a temptation that puts children and teens at risk for peer pressures of trying drugs, abusing alcohol, or other dangerous behaviors.Take time to talk to your children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Establish open and honest communication. Let your children know they can trust you and can turn to you during times of need. Above all, strive to be a positive influence in your child’s life and keep the lines of communication open between you and your child.
- Family Connection Children who are raised with a strong connection to their parents may have better coping mechanisms during times of crisis and may also be less likely to give into peer pressures of drugs and alcohol abuse.Developing and maintaining relationships in the core family is essential to keeping your children close, even when they will inevitably pull away. They will always know they can count on you and that you will always be there, and this makes a huge difference as time goes on and they become teenagers and then adults. And if you already have the communication component in place, then fostering the strong connection dovetails perfectly.
The actions outlined in this article may feel like little actions or small talk; however, it is important not to underestimate the power of influence you have in your child’s life. Spend time together as a family. Take interest in your child’s life. Talk to your children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. All of these actions can go a long way in helping set your children up for a brighter future.