Praise & Reward

What encourages a kid more than his or her parents' approval? The right word at the right time can strengthen the bond that helps keep your child away from drugs.
1. Reward good behavior consistently and immediately. Expressions of love, appreciation and thanks go a long way. Even kids who think themselves too old for hugs will appreciate a pat on the back or a special treat.
2. Accentuate the positive Emphasize the things your kid does right. Restrain the urge to be critical. Affection and respect will help in making your child feel good about him/herself and will reinforce good (and change bad) behavior far more successfully than embarrassment or uneasiness.

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