Sophie Letts created Meditation Help to help others get started with meditation, dispel meditation myths, and provide the resources others need to connect with their bodies, calm their minds, and embrace their true selves. She has been practicing meditation for five years. Her practice has helped her in many ways, including improving her ability to focus and reducing feelings of anxiety.
Be clear about your expectations when it comes to alcohol and drug use without lecturing. Practice situations where someone offers your child drinks or drugs, brainstorming with your teen different ways they can say no that they are comfortable with.
These same principles apply to sexual activity, notes Verywell Family. Teaching them how to say no effectively and accept someone saying no respectfully are important skills for your teen’s life. Establish a protocol for contacting you if someone is making them uncomfortable or you need to pick them up. If they know they can always count on you for help, they will be less likely to get themselves in irrevocably dangerous situations.
Model healthy practices
Karate classes taught by experienced instructors are also an outstanding option for teens. Karate teaches them not only the movements of martial arts but also invaluable life skills such as stress management and self-discipline. Studies have shown martial arts increase confidence while sharpening focus. The physical benefits are significant, too, with karate increasing strength and improving balance and coordination.
Help your teens achieve their dreams by setting goals together. To start, come up with long-term goals with your teen that they would like to achieve. Maybe there is a degree they would like to pursue or a career path they want to follow. Break the achievement of that goal down into smaller actionable steps.
For instance, if they would like to become a pharmacist, they’ll need to follow a science and math track in high school. A small goal might be to sign up for an advanced chemistry class and get a good grade in it, which will take your teen achieving several micro-goals of getting good grades on tests and assignments.
Your teens can succeed with you on their side guiding the way. Communicate openly, model healthy practices, and lead them in goal-setting and achievement. The future you want for them is on the other side of these manageable steps.
David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 17-year-old son, 8-year-old daughter and 9-year-old toy poodle.