Surveys show that teens lack the knowledge they need to participate as responsible citizens.
Parents can help teens develop the values and attitudes that can help them become good citizens. Here are suggestions:
1. Set a good example. Participate in the political system. Volunteer for community service projects with your teen.
2. Show an interest in government affairs. Ask your teen to read a news article that you think might interest her. Then talk about the issue.
3. Assign your teen responsibilities at home. This demonstrates the importance of everyone sharing the work.
4. Encourage your child to get involved with a political campaign.
5. If your teen has strong opinions on an issue (and what teen doesn’t?), encourage him to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
6. Attend a city council or school board meeting with your teen.
7. Make the connection between rights and responsibilities. Teens are aware of their rights as family members and as citizens. But they are less aware that rights come with responsibilities.
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