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Support your child

Here are some general tips to help your child grow into a happy, successful, young adult.

  • Eat dinner together as a family. (Read this article from TIME on family meals.)

  • Limit screen time. This includes TV, computers, and video games. (Read this article for ideas on how to limit screen time.)

  • Ask your child about school often. Even if she doesn't say much, she'll know you care.

  • Meet his or her friends. Let them hang out at your house sometimes.

  • Encourage your child to have multiple groups of friends - school, church, neighborhood, clubs. This is especially important in middle school. If one group is in conflict, your child will have other friends to turn to.

  • Encourage your child to go outside and play! (Read some facts about outdoor play.)

  • Have a set bedtime for your child. Children need routine and plenty of rest to do well in school. (How much sleep does my child need?)

  • Don't be afraid to tell your child, "No!"

  • Help your child develop relationships with other adults you trust - especially adults who are the same gender as your child. These adults could be relatives, family friends, neighbors, or people from your place of worship.

  • Set aside a consistent time and place for homework.

  • Spend one-on-one time with your child on a regular basis.

  • Say, "I love you!" and say it often!