10 New Year’s Resolutions to try With Your Family

January 15th, 2015

Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to celebrating CASAColumbia® Family Day – Be Involved. Stay Involved.® with you in 2015. If you’re looking for ways to be a more involved parent this year, then check out our 10 New Year’s resolutions you can try with your family below. Remember, you can make Family Day every day in your home!


  • Take part in our Family Fun Challenges this year. Each month we post a fun and easy activity that will help you connect with your kids and build strong relationships. Check out January’s challenge by clicking here. Don’t forget to send us photos!
  • Attempt to complete every item in our Activity Kit for 2015. Treat your family to a special dessert if you can do all of them twice!
  • Sign up to be a Family Day Star! After you take the pledge, schedule time each month to check in with your kids and talk about the dangers of nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Try at least 10 of the crafts/activities we post on our Facebook and Twitter pages every Friday. Send us pictures of you and your family with the finished product(s)!
  • Find a Family Day celebration going on in your community and attend with your family. You can also host your own! Check out some ways you can celebrate with your local community group by clicking here.
  • Use each one of our conversation starters at a family dinner this year. At the end of the year decide which ones were your favorites and see if everyone’s answers are still the same.
  • Teach your kids at least 5 new things this year. Does your child know how to ride a bike? Do they need someone to show them how to swing a baseball bat and hit a home run? Make sure you encourage them as they learn!
  • Turn your cell phones and electronics off during family time.
  • Cook more meals together as a family. Try a new healthful recipe or ingredient each time. For recipe ideas, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages on Thursday afternoons.
  • Make it a habit to connect with your kids right before bedtime. It can be a quick chat with your teen, reading your child’s favorite story together, or just a simple hug!

Are there any resolutions you made with your family that weren’t included above? Share your resolutions with us in the comments below.

Family Day will be celebrated on Monday, September 28th, 2015. We hope you’ll join us in spreading the message about the importance of parental engagement this year!


  1. Ramon Montoya MSW writes:

    Great ideas, I am passing them on to the community.

  2. casafamilyday writes:

    Thanks for spreading the message about the importance of parental engagement to your community, Ramon!

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15 Holiday Conversation Starters To Try With Your Kids

December 15th, 2014

Happy Holidays! The holiday season is the perfect time to really connect with your loved ones. If you need some help getting the conversations started with your kids amid all your festivities, we’ve got you covered. Try some of our holiday-themed conversation starters below!

  • What is your favorite holiday tradition?
  • What is your favorite holiday activity to do with our family?
  • What is a new holiday tradition you’d like to start with our family?
  • What is your earliest memory of the holiday season?
  • What is your favorite Christmas carol or holiday-themed song to sing with our family?
  • What is your favorite holiday movie?
  • If you had to give anyone in the world your piggy bank for the holiday, who would you give it to and why?
  • What is the first holiday that you remember and what do you remember about it?
  • How do you feel when someone gives you a gift for the holiday?
  • How do you feel when you give someone a gift for the holiday?
  • What are some gifts you can give to others this year that that don’t cost any money at all?
  • If you could go on a dream vacation with our family during the holidays where would you like to go?
  • How can our family give back to our community during the holidays?
  • What is your favorite holiday dish or dessert?
  • How can you involve friends, neighbors, and pets in holiday activities?

If there are any additional conversation starters that work wonders with your kids during this time of the year, let us know in the comments below! We hope you have a fun-filled holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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How do you Keep the Lines of Communication Open with your Kids?

November 17th, 2014

This month we’re focusing on the unique challenges military families face when one parent is deployed. We’re delighted to have Eileen Huck, Government Relations Deputy Director for our Family Day Partner, the National Military Family Association, share some experiences that help her military family stay connected. Check out her story below!

As a parent, one of my highest priorities is staying connected with my children. Unfortunately, it’s also often one of my biggest challenges. Between work, school, sports, chores and extracurricular activities it can be hard to find the time to really talk–sometimes it feels like we’re all traveling 100 miles an hour in opposite directions.

My husband’s job in the military can make it even harder for him to stay connected to our two kids. For their entire lives the Navy has taken him away from home for long stretches at a time. He can’t always be there to cheer the kids on at their soccer games, help them with their math homework, or offer a listening ear after an argument with a friend. While this is normal for us, it isn’t always easy. Luckily, there are tools and tips out there to help my husband and other military moms and dads stay connected to their families while they have to be away.

When my kids were younger, they loved having their dad read them a bedtime story–it was one of the things they missed the most when he was away. Imagine how thrilled they were to receive a DVD of their dad reading them their favorite story! We received this amazing gift thanks to United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization that records service members reading stories for their children to watch at home. For a young child who may not fully understand where Mommy or Daddy is, or when they will be back, the video offers reassurance they are safe and thinking of home. My own young children were immensely comforted by seeing Daddy on the screen. And even years later, they fondly remember the book he read to them.

Families with young children can also check out Military Families Near and Far, a site created by Sesame Workshop to help parents and kids stay connected during deployment. The site includes fun tools to help families share videos, artwork, and photos and tips to help parents support their kids through deployment and homecoming–all featuring kids’ favorite Sesame Street characters.

Unfortunately, bedtime stories and furry monsters don’t do much for teenagers, so we have had to find other ways to help the kids feel connected to their dad. Technology has been a huge help with this. While I usually try to limit the amount of time the kids spend on their various electronic devices, there’s no denying that technology makes it much easier to stay in touch when Dad’s away. The trick has been finding the method the kids prefer and using that, regardless of parental technophobia. Sometimes it feels impossible to keep up with them. Email? So last year. Facebook? Over it. While my husband has yet to dive into Instagram or Snapchat (and probably never will), he’s become adept at texting and even promised to check out Face Time the next time he deploys.

Staying connected with kids is always hard, and a career in the military can make it feel even more challenging. The key is to find ways to make sure the kids know that their Dad is always there for them – even when we’re thousands of miles apart.

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CASAColumbia® Family Day 2014 Celebrations

October 16th, 2014

We hope you had a great Family Day this year! We’d like to thank all of our Sponsors, Partners, and Participants who helped us spread the word about the importance of parental engagement.

We’re delighted that Presenting Sponsor The Coca-Cola Company partnered with Chick-fil-A restaurants to host Family Day events at three restaurants within the Los Angeles area and that 26 State First Spouses served as Honorary Chairs of Family Day this year. First Lady of Maine Ann LePage, First Lady of Maryland Katie O’Malley, First Lady of Indiana Karen Pence and First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker hosted Family Day events on September 22nd. To see photos of the First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker’s visit to Journey House, click here. To read First Lady of Texas Anita Perry’s blog post about Family Day, click here. To view First Lady of West Virginia Joanne Jaeger Tomblin Public Service Announcement about Family Day, click here.

Many local community groups celebrated CASAColumbia Family Day including:

  • Burke County Health Department in Morganton, NC who hosted their 7th annual Family Day event at Catawba Meadows Park. Around 4,000 guests celebrated with activity booths, crafts, and a picnic dinner.
  • Putnam P.R.I.D.E. in Putnam, CT partnered with their local family resource center and recreation department to co-sponsor a Family Day event at their Rotary Park. Close to 1,000 attendees enjoyed activities for families and a free concert.
  • EMPOWER Porter County in Valparaiso, IN held Family Day events at three YMCAs in Porter County with around 800 attendees. The events included potluck dinners and various activities for kids and their families.
  • Family and Friends United in Orlando, FL celebrated once again at Orlo Vista Park with crafts for kids and awards for elected community officials. 50 volunteers, about 20 vendors, and over 700 parents and children attended.
  • Henderson Family Court in Henderson, KY hosted a Family Day event at Freedom Park with face painting, bouncy houses, story time, and food demonstrations. Their local farmer’s market was present, and over 300 people in the community attended.

How did your family celebrate CASAColumbia Family Day this year? Did you attend any of the events listed above? Let us know in the comments below!

Don’t forget that every day can be Family Day in your home! Try some of the items in our Activity Kit with your kids tonight! You can also take our Star Pledge, participate in our daily conversations on Twitter and Facebook and challenge your family with our 30 Day Family Fun Challenge!

To see photos from some of the events listed above as well as photos from other Family Day celebrations click here. Send your Family Day photos to familyday@casacolumbia.org.

We look forward to celebrating Family Day with you next year on Monday, September 28th, 2015. Please mark your calendars!


  1. Ramon Montoya writes:

    Padres Adelante Family Services Inc. in Denver conducted a fun and successful Family Day Dinner this past September 22nd. Thanks to CASA and Denver RAP for helping sponsor the program.

  2. casafamilyday writes:

    Thanks, Ramon, for letting us know about Padres Adelante Family Services’ event in Denver! Please send us photos at familyday@casacolumbia.org.

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CASAColumbia® Family Day – Be Involved. Stay Involved.® is Almost Here!

September 18th, 2014

CASAColumbia Family Day is Monday, September 22nd. Families, communities, and organizations all over the country are getting ready to celebrate with a variety of fun-filled activities and events. We hope you’ll join the celebration! We’re delighted to share some news with you about Family Day this year:


  • The Coca-Cola Company is back as CASAColumbia Family Day’s Presenting Sponsor and is partnering with Chick-fil-A restaurants to host Family Day events at three restaurants within the Los Angeles area.
  • Family Day Partners include: The Harlem Globetrotters, The Y, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), National Center for Fathering, National Military Family Association, and Parents Without Partners
  • 26 State First Spouses are serving as Honorary Chairs of Family Day. First Lady of Maine Ann LePage will be hosting a story time at the Maine State Library for 2nd and 3rd graders and their parents from local schools. First Lady of Maryland Katie O’Malley will be hosting a dinner for wounded warriors and their families. First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker will be visiting kids at Journey House and making dinner placemats with them. Click here for the full list of Honorary Chairs.
  • 7 Major League Baseball teams are helping to celebrate Family Day including the: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and San Francisco Giants.
  • The Governors’ residences in Nevada and New Jersey will be lit in red and blue on September 22nd in honor of Family Day.
  • The new and updated edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents hit the shelves, Kindle and NOOK on Tuesday, September 9th! In this revised and updated edition, Joseph A. Califano, Jr. (Chairman Emeritus and founder of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare) tackles some of the newest obstacles standing between our kids and a drug-free life—from social media sites and cell phone apps to the explosion in prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and the increased dangers and addictive power of marijuana. He reveals what teens can’t or won’t tell their parents about their thoughts on drugs and alcohol, and combines the latest research with his discussions with thousands of parents and teens about the challenges that widespread access to drugs and alcohol present, and how parents can instill in their teens the will and skills to choose not to use. To purchase the book, please click here.

All of the activity surrounding CASAColumbia Family Day helps to remind parents that it is vital to keep the lines of communication open, especially during adolescence when kids are at risk of engaging in risky behavior including smoking, drinking or using other drugs. Make every day Family Day in your home!

Is anything going on in your community for CASAColumbia Family Day this year? Let us know! You can also check out our Family Day Activity Kit, Conversation Starters and our free Family Day posters. These tips and tools can be used at home or at a Family Day event!

Share your Family Day plans and photos with us on Facebook and Twitter or e-mail us at FamilyDay@casacolumbia.org.

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Just in Time for Back to School: New and Updated User-friendly Parent Guide

September 10th, 2014

Parents often ask me, “What’s the most important thing about raising drug-free kids?”

My answer to them is always the same: “YOU!”

Whether your child smokes, drinks, or uses drugs is more likely to be determined in your living room or over your kitchen table, than in any classroom or courtroom. I know that your job gets more challenging each year.

That’s why I’m excited to share with you that the new and updated edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents hit the shelves, Kindle and NOOK to help you do the most important job in the world. Whether your child is 9 or 19, your role as parent never ends. The conversations you have with your child, your engagement in their day-to-day lives, the will and skills you give them, and the values you instill in them, will make the biggest difference in keeping them away from drugs and alcohol.

Did you know that teenagers who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are twice as likely never to try them? The new and updated edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid gives parents the latest research as well as user-friendly tips and strategies for how to start this conversation with your children and how to continue having it throughout that dangerous decade of 10 to 21. With brand new and expanded chapters, this updated edition is geared to help you tackle some of the many daunting obstacles facing parents and teens today, including: new drugs such as more powerful and available pot, synthetic marijuana (Spice), Molly, and e-cigarettes; the over-the-counter and prescription drug epidemic; the explosion of social media that often glorifies teen drinking and drugging; the rampant use of alcohol and drugs across college campuses; and the new scientific knowledge about the damaging effects of drugs and alcohol on the teen brain.

Parenting is an art, not a science. Being engaged in your children’s lives doesn’t require being a supermom or superdad. It simply means using your strengths and taking advantage of opportunities to be a good parent. This new and updated edition will give you the tools to create a relationship that will enable you to raise your children to be healthy and substance free, poised to develop their talents to the fullest. The benefits of such a relationship reach well beyond substance abuse prevention. But without this foundation, your lessons to say no to drugs and alcohol will be like trees falling in an empty forest: your children will not hear them, much less be influenced by them.

So this fall, as you’re heading into back-to-school mode and buying all of the necessary school supplies for the year ahead, be sure to pick up some parenting supplies of your own. Purchase the new and revised edition of my book, How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents, now and empower your child to choose not to use.


Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Founder and Chair Emeritus of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)
Former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

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10 Ways to Celebrate Family Day

August 18th, 2014

Family Day is almost here! What are your plans for Family Day this year? If you still need some ideas, we’re here to help! Below are 10 ways you can celebrate CASAColumbia® Family Day in your home or in your community:

  • Celebrate Family Day by pre-ordering the completely revised and updated edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents! This book includes several brand new chapters covering issues of urgent concern to today’s parents and kids — such as legalized and synthetic marijuana, social media websites, cell phone apps, the prescription drug epidemic and abuse of ADHD medications, the partying culture of college life, and the latest facts on the critical connection between teen brain development and drinking and drug use.
  • Connect with us! Find us on Facebook and Twitter and share your thoughts, ideas, and parenting experiences. Keep reading our Family Day blog to learn more about the importance of parental engagement.
  • Take our STAR Pledge with parents across the country. This is your pledge to help keep your kids substance free!
  • Are you looking for family activities? Use some of the tips, tools, and games in our Family Activity Kit.
  • Take our 30 Day Monthly Family Fun Challenge! You can win a free Sprinkles gift card this month just by posting a photo on our Facebook wall of your family doing your favorite activity together from this summer!
  • Organize an event in your community! Host a Family Day event such as a potluck dinner, barbeque or other family friendly activity on or leading up to Family Day. For more ideas, click here.
  • Spend time with your kids! Every day activities like driving your kids to soccer practice, tucking little ones into bed or having frequent family dinners, have a lasting effect on your children. Each of these moments offers an opportunity to communicate with your kids and to really listen to what’s on their mind.

Remember to mark your calendar for Monday, September 22nd! We’d love to hear how you’ll be celebrating Family Day this September and all throughout the year.  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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How can You Tell if Your Child is Showing Signs of Substance Use?

July 16th, 2014

Would you be able to tell if your child started experimenting with nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs? It may not always be obvious, especially if they are trying to hide it from you, rather than tell you and seek advice or help. The early signs of substance use are typically subtle. It’s important to detect the risk factors that precede use as early as possible. Risk factors include emotional, developmental, and behavioral problems, increased stress, having a family member who uses, and lacking self-esteem, just to name a few. Timely and consistent parental engagement is crucial. A lack of it will increase your child’s likelihood of drinking and using drugs.

Teens often experience the following behavioral changes: mood swings, erratic sleeping patterns, increased demand for privacy, and changes in hobbies, interests, and friends. How can you tell if this is normal behavior or if they are showing signs of use? A parent’s best early detection method is an ongoing dialogue with their teen about what’s going on in their life and what their concerns and thoughts are. When changes are sudden and drastic or when many changes begin to occur simultaneously you should be ready to investigate and find out what the root of the problem is.

Changes in behavior send an “alarm” that your teen could possibly be using nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs. These are called “siren signals”. The first siren signal you should look out for is your teen dropping old friends and getting new ones. By observing the changes and talking to your teen about why they have developed new friendships you can help distinguish between a typical teen shift in friends and a cause for concern. Teens that smoke, drink, or use other drugs tend to hang out together, and they abandon their friends that don’t. Make it a priority to get to know your teen’s friends, why he/she hangs out with them, and what they have in common. If you suspect they are using substances, talk with your teen and remind them about how you feel about them engaging in this type of behavior. If your teen confesses that their new friends are using drugs, tell them to consider forming friendships with those that don’t.

Borrowing or stealing money is another siren signal. Teens have limited resources. If a teen is using drugs, their part-time job or their weekly allowance will not provide them with enough money to satisfy their cravings. Be aware of your teen’s spending patterns. Do they run out of allowance before the end of the week? Do they constantly ask you for more money? Keep track of cash in your wallet or around your home so you’ll know if any goes missing.

A third siren signal is dropping activities such as sports. Teens often lose interest in old activities or become bored. If your child stops doing activities they used to love, find out why. Your child’s substance use may be causing a culture clash if the friends who engaged in the old activities disapprove of your child’s behavior. Also, teens often skip out on productive activities to get drunk or high. Talk to other people in your child’s life if you suspect something could be wrong. Also, talk about your concerns with your teen and create more opportunities to spend time together.

Some additional siren signals include:

  • Increased secrecy
  • Missing or skipping school
  • Declining grades
  • Constant discipline problems
  • Sudden, frequent mood swings
  • Aggressiveness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Chronic restlessness
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Use of stimulants to study

Early intervention is a significant prevention tool. Follow your intuition if you suspect a problem and ask your child specific questions about their activities, habits, and friends if you notice one of the siren signals. As a parent, you have the power to take action and protect your teen so they can lead a healthy, drug-free life.

How often do you check in with your teen about how they are feeling or what is going on in their life? Are there specific times of the day when you talk or spend time together? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Michelle Sawyer writes:

    This seems like a good article, I would love to have a copy of it and have available in our office for parents.
    I can’t really understand your terms of use?

  2. casafamilyday writes:

    Thank you for your comment, Michelle! You may print the blog from our website and distribute to the parents in your office. We appreciate your support of CASAColumbia® Family Day – Be Involved. Involved Stay Involved.®

  3. DeDe Springer writes:

    Great article! Do you have it translated into Spanish? If so, may I have a copy?

  4. casafamilyday writes:

    Hi DeDe. We currently do not translate any of our monthly Family Day blogs into Spanish. If you are interested, you can download and print our Family Day Spanish brochure here: http://casafamilyday.org/familyday/tools-you-can-use/family-day-materials/.

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5 Healthy Meals You and Your Kids can Make Together

June 9th, 2014

We’re delighted to have our Family Day Mom Blogger Amy Roskelley share some experiences that help her connect with her kids on a daily basis. Below she provides 5 healthy meals that you can make with your little ones.

When my daughter Erica was about 7, she decided she wanted to learn how to cook! I had been having the conversation with her that when she grows up and she’s a mom, she’s going to need to know how to cook! So, she pulled out an old spiral bound notebook, put page numbers throughout the ENTIRE thing, and asked me to spell each and every ingredient for our salad. Then she started an index. I thought it was so cute, I wanted to rush out and buy her her very own CUTE recipe binder where she can collect her favorite recipes until she leaves home. I resisted however, and decided to let her do it her own way.

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Kids need to learn cooking skills, and when we get in the kitchen to teach them, we are also creating memories and bonds that they will never forget. Studies show, if kids learn to cook, they are more likely to eat healthier, and when they leave home they will prepare healthier meals for their own families. And the cycle of  health continues.. I was reading in the paper a few years ago, our generation (today’s moms and dads) do not know the basic steps of cooking. That we complain we have no time to be in the kitchen to make food for our families, yet we spend an average of 4 hours in front of the TV a day. So, let’s get back into the kitchen with our kids! I promise, they will not only learn vital skills, but you’ll be preparing them for life when they aren’t under your roof anymore!  

These 5 meals are the ones that my kids typically help with.

Meal #1: Scrambled Eggs

The very first meal my kids made from beginning to end was eggs! Cracking an egg can be tough for little hands, but it’s a skill that needs to be learned eventually! The first step is to practice the cracking into a bowl (and fishing out any shells that got dropped). The second step is prepping the pan to be cooked. Whether you are going to use cooking spray or butter, coat the pan and turn it on. Then, let the kids pour the eggs into the skillet. As the eggs begin to set, show them how to move the eggs around with a spatula to get them all cooked.

We add spinach at the end of cooking. So, just before you think they are about set, add a handful of baby spinach. Once the eggs are no longer runny or wet and the spinach has wilted, they can remove the eggs and eat them!

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Meal #2: Sandwiches

The second meal my kids learned to make with me is their own sandwiches for lunch! Parents- kids can do this at a very young age! Don’t underestimate their skills. As young as 3 years old they can get their bread. They can get the spread, and spread some peanut butter on one side, and fruit on the other! Do it with them a few times, and then you’ll just have to supervise the rest.

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Meal #3: Homemade Pizza

From rolling out the dough to sprinkling a variety of toppings on, homemade pizza is so fun for kids to be involved with. Most of the time it’s because they can control what toppings are on the pizza! I know my kids have their favorites, and if I’m always the one making the pizza, they may not get their favorite.

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Meal #4: Pasta

Boiling water and adding some noodles takes a few times for kids to get right, but is probably the fastest thing they’ll learn to do in the kitchen. Teaching kids the proper amount of water for the noodles, and the proper cooking time is the most important thing. After they’ve mastered boiling the noodles, then you can expand to the myriad of add-ins you can make with veggies and sauces.

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Meal #5 Green Salads

Funny I would add this one, as most people don’t consider it a meal, but it can be! Using a green salad as your base, you can top it with beans, meat, cheeses, and of course and assortment of veggies. One of our favorite combinations is to put a roast in our slow cooker all day. Then, when it’s dinner time, the kids help prepare the rest of the salad. They shred the lettuce, rinse the beans, shred the cheese, chop the tomatoes, and mix the dressing.  (Full Recipe here)

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So, that’s our list! Don’t be scared to get your kids in the kitchen with you today! You can begin to create memories while teaching important skills with your kids.

Bio: Amy Roskelley blogs at Super Healthy Kids in order to provide tools and resources to help families live better and be healthier. Super Healthy Kids has recipes, meal plans, tips, ideas, and more!

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How can You set a Good Example for Your Children?

May 12th, 2014

One of the most important parts of parental engagement is your own conduct. You may not realize this, but your kids are actually more affected by what they see you do rather than what they hear you say. It’s important to practice what you preach, and be a model of healthy behavior for your kids. Remember, parents who smoke, drink, or use other drugs are likelier to have kids who do the same.

If your children witness you or your spouse drinking every night, it sends the message that it’s ok to drink every night, even when you make it clear through what you say that both of you don’t approve of them drinking. When your children go out into the world, it’s possible that they will develop the same habits. Sometimes, they may not even be aware.

No one is perfect, but you can still be a positive role model for your children. There’s a clear difference between rushing home to have a few drinks every night and occasionally enjoying some wine with dinner. Did you know it’s never too late to make changes to your lifestyle? For example, if you smoke regularly, but you make it a priority to quit when your children are very young, the less likely your kids are to try smoking. Your kids will appreciate it when you’re open and honest with them. Allowing them to witness your struggles enables them to become your biggest fans and supporters. Your ability to kick the habit will empower your kids to resist peer pressure to smoke.

Actions are more persuasive than words. This is something you should always keep in mind when setting a good example for your children. Sending the right messages about nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs will help your kids make healthy and responsible choices when you’re not around.

How do you set a good example for your children? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Sinea Pies writes:

    Having had a drinking problem as a teen, I can tell you that example is very very very important. Did I say VERY important? I emulated the people I saw around me –cocktail hour was big in our home. Also, television in those days showed happy lovely people drinking all the time. Bewitched? Darren and Samantha celebrated and de-stressed with a cocktail. The bad example was everywhere.

    When I stopped drinking, my healthy life began. I LOVE not drinking (smoking went too) I love waking up in the morning feeling great with no regrets. Parents, your lifestyle speaks much louder than your words. Give up vices that could kill your kids or ruin their lives.


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