You want health, happiness and financial stability for you and your family. Thankfully, there are many ways to achieve it. 

Limit Outside Influence

Unfortunately, children will follow the example of their peers. This can lead them to experiment with drugs and alcohol to fit in. Talking to them often so they understand your feelings on their behavior and the consequences that can occur from abusing substances. Teen substance abuse is not something any parent wants to discover. If despite your best efforts, you find your teen is using drugs of binge drinking at parties, there are treatment options available.

Adopt an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Children catch on quickly to habits you practice. Teach your kids at an early age the importance of maintaining the environment. Books provide an excellent source to encourage eco-friendly living. Spending time in natural settings will allow them to experience the wonders of all facets of life. At home, lead by example, conserving water, gas and electricity. Teach them to recycle and ways to reuse items instead of throwing them away

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Teach Money Management

Nearly 70% of the workforce lives life paycheck to paycheck. They remain one paycheck away from a life of poverty. Teaching children to manage their money when young will allow them to develop essential life skills that will promote financial stability. Open a savings account in their name and have them allocate a portion of any form of personal income to this account. If they want something, let them save their money to acquire it. Providing a weekly allowance will let them earn their own money through hard work. Taking them out on shopping trips is another way to teach them value money management skills. They learn how to compare prices to get more for each dollar. 

Get Regular Checkups

Many people put off going to the doctor until they feel sick or get injured. This is not a good practice as early detection of anything provides a greater success rate of beating it. Make sure that you, your spouse, and your children see their doctor annually. If something out of the norm happens, schedule an urgent appointment.

Prioritize Quality Family Time

To say that your life is busy is an understatement. However, regardless of your work schedule, you must make time for your family. Quality time is a valuable tool that lets you maintain a strong family bond. This bond helps to deter unacceptable behavior and people with ill intentions. Children gain confidence in themselves and their abilities, making them better prepared for the outside world when they leave home. Every member also recalls wonderful memories. 

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Be a Good Listener

It’s easy to focus on pressing events in your life. However, children have problems too. Even if they seem trivial by comparison, they are a big deal to them. Learn to listen to your children and address their problems. Not only will it strengthen your bond, but it will also encourage future open discussions, beneficial during their teen years. 

Eliminate Bad Habits

Despite warning labels, some people still smoke cigarettes and drink excessively. Unfortunately, kids pick up on your habits and take your use as a green light to do the same as an adult. If you want to quit smoking, there are many treatment options available. If one doesn’t work out, keep trying. Regarding alcohol, an occasional drink at family gatherings is fine. However, if you walk in the door and head for the fridge or the liquor cabinet, it’s a problem. Again, if you can’t stop drinking, seek professional help. 

You want what’s best for your family. Thankfully, there are ways to set a positive example, allowing your children to grow up confident in their abilities, respectful of the environment and with valuable life skills. 

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