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Daily we see teenagers and young adults jailed for committing crimes or even becoming victims of drug abuse. It is now common to see teenagers confined to psychiatric hospitals or rehab over issues associated with drug abuse. Some even die. At some point, we can state that there is some element of parental failure. This has been made complicated by issues of peer pressure and the busyness associated with our present-day professional life. These days, parents spend little time with their children. Also, our children spend the formative years of their lives with their peers. Studies have shown that peers have a greater influence on children than their parents. Here below, I highlight four ways parents can raise a responsible child.
Lead By Example
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For example, if you don’t want your child to exhibit violent behaviours, as a parent you must not display fits of anger or use violence as a means to address problems. Watch what you do or say in the presence of your children.
Be Their Teacher
Create Room For Communication
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If you want to raise a good child, ensure you are deliberate with closing every communication gap. Engage them in healthy conversations that also encourage two-way conversations. For instance, you can ask them what their career choices are. You can tell them the merits and demerits of their choices. Apart from having serious conversations with them, you can engage them in fun activities that create conversations. You can use storytelling to engage your child. These stories should help them converse better.
Respect Their Opinion
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