Each morning, ask your teen to spend a few minutes setting up three simple goals for the day. Have him think of them as the Three S’s:
- School. What’s the most important thing your teen can do that day for school? It might be study for a big test or write a paper.
- Self. What’s the best thing your teen can do for himself? (Get enough sleep? Exercise? Eat breakfast?)
- Someone else. Now have your teen think about another person. What could he do to help someone else that day? Could he give his younger brother a ride? Could he mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn?
Over time, this helps teens get in the habit of thinking about others. They also focus less on their own worries and concerns.
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