Children need healthy self-esteem and a sense of responsibility to help them stay away from alcohol and other drugs.
Parents can help their children feel good about themselves in many ways. Children need to feel that they are an important
part of the family. Spend time with your children and listen to them. Let them know that you want to hear about their thoughts
Children can help with family jobs such as making beds or doing the dishes. When we recognize their work as helpful -- even
when it is not a complete or "proper" job -- we build their self-image and their sense of responsibility.
Let your children play and have fun -- by themselves, with other kids or with your family. Children get a sense of pride when
they learn new skills or take on challenges. Remember, the point is for children to enjoy themselves and get involved -- not
to win or be the best!
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