Create a happy, healthy home.

Be kind and respectful of each other. Do fun activities together on a regular basis. Make your home a place of love, positivity and support.

Eat dinner together.

Eat dinner together; have pleasant conversation. Kids who regularly eat meals with their family (at least five times per week) are 33 percent less likely to use alcohol.1
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Have daily positive interactions.

 

Education

Stay involved with their education. Kids who make an effort to get good grades and are involved in school activities are far less likely to drink.

Time

Take time daily to talk with your children about their interests and activities. Ask about their hopes and dreams, as well as their fears and concerns.

Compliment

Notice and compliment the good in your child. Try to maintain at least a 4:1 ratio of positive comments to negative ones.

Discipline

In correcting behavior or giving consequences, make sure your child knows that he or she is still loved.

Fun

Play a board game. Go on a hike. Watch a movie. Make sure to do something with your kids to strengthen your relationship.

Games

Stay close.

Play

Parent tip: make emotional deposits.

To increase family closeness, think of your child’s feelings as an emotional bank account. Each positive thing you say is like a deposit. Each negative comment is a withdrawal. To keep from bankrupting your child’s emotional account and damaging your relationship, you need to speak more positives than negatives.