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Summer Safety Tip #3::
Notice good behavior and give reinforcing compliments
Most everyone likes to hear compliments and feel recognized. Sincere compliments trigger feel good brain chemicals. That doesn't change for teens. They thrive off of compliments and praise. Parental feedback has a strong positive influence on behavior. Spending time noticing and complimenting the good in each family member daily will have huge pay offs. Also practice ignoring minor annoying behavior and resist fault-finding. Doing these things will make your family stronger and allow your teen to feel respect and love.
Let them know you have confidence in their ability to make good choices
Whether you know it or not, you’re the biggest influence on your teen when it comes to making healthy choices. Part of that influence is reminding them that you believe in them and you have confidence in their character and ability to make good decisions.
Be available if they need help getting out of a dangerous situation. Make sure they know you are available.