Make kids feel worthwhile

Children need to feel that they are worthwhile. This requires conscious effort on the part of parents to ensure that children are not ignored, constantly put down or laughed at, even if this is done unconsciously or inadvertently.

  • Spend time with your kids
  • Ask your children about their lives, and listen to their responses
  • Praise your children sincerely and often

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Encourage your children to share their worries

Listen to your children’s fears and anxieties about the times you are away and reassure them of your love and commitment to them.

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Older teenage and adult children

Tell your teenage and adult children – often! – that you love them.