Family Communication - Talk to Your Kids

  • Listen to your child when they talk.  
  • Set time aside some time to chat when your child may have your undivided attention. Turn off the television, turn off your cell phone, turn off the computer.
  • Be available for your child and be sure they know you are listening.
  • Encourage them to talk while playing a game, eating dinner or riding in the car.
  • If your children watch TV, watch with them and discuss what you are watching.
  • Ask your children about tobacco and alcohol.
  • Share your experiences and create a non-judgmental environment.
  • Talk openly to your children about the Facts of Life.
  • Encourage respect and non-violent behavior at home and at school.
  • Discuss how to handle difficult situations at school.
  • Offer to help them find solutions when they have problems.
  • Tell your child that you will help them whenever they need it.