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.
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.
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.
Notice and compliment the good in your child. Try to maintain at least a 4:1 ratio of positive comments to negative ones.
In correcting behavior or giving consequences, make sure your child knows that he or she is still loved.
Play a board game. Go on a hike. Watch a movie. Make sure to do something with your kids to strengthen your relationship.
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.