Help your child learn the steps to making good choices. Encourage these behaviors:
- Think it through. Good decisions require planning. Teach your child to think, “What would happen if . . . ?”
- Follow the rules. Rules at home, school and in the community are usually made with everyone’s best interest in mind. It is difficult to break these rules and still make a good choice.
- Keep your promises. When you tell someone you will follow through on something, do it. You can break a promise if you made a bad choice earlier—one that could be harmful.
- Stay positive. We can’t control bad thoughts that pop into our heads. But we can prevent ourselves from dwelling on them. And we can prevent ourselves from acting on them.
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