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How to have emotionally happy and drug free kids.

Updated on September 4, 2012

1. Build up their self-esteem- You should compliment the small things they do as well as the big things they do.

2. Teach Independence- Let them wash their own clothes, cook their favorite foods for the family if 12 years or older. Also let them go in the store and get a money order ($5-$10).

3. Teach them how to give- Let them put change in donation cans, jars, etc. Also, but not all of the time, when a homeless person asks for money let your child give them a dollar.

4. Morals- Talk and teach the importance of kindness and caring about others. Always let them know that lying is wrong.

5. Education- Always show excitement when it comes to education and school. When children see that education is important and special to you, they will love it also.

6. How to stand up for themselves- Tell them to always express whatever is on their mind as long as they don’t purposely hurt other’s feelings.

7. Work ethnic-At a young age, children should learn the importance of having a strong sense of pride in working. Let them have a yard sale using the items that they no longer want. Also you can have them sell candy to their friends. This teaches them the true meaning of earning a dollar.

8.Organization- Children should learn organization skills at an early age by letting them place things where they choose but tell them to keep it neat. Have them clean up with you, kids love that, and when they see how important a clean and organized environment is to you, they will unconsciously begin to clean and stay organized without even knowing that they are doing it. That is how they build up their organizational skills. When a person is organized as an adult, their life will most likely be also.

9. Leadership- Leadership is a very important skill to have. You can help your child have it by reinforcing them that their ideas and opinions count, also give them positive feedback on the things they do accomplish especially if they took a leadership role in completing it.

10. God- There are many religions and beliefs out there but whatever you choose to believe tell your child about the importance of the power above and beyond us because those beliefs will install morals in your child that will last a lifetime and help them fight the temptations of this sometimes cruel and hard world that they will face.

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      deeach 5 years ago

      Good hub. Support and encouragement from the family starting from an early age of a child can reap great rewards to all of them. Whatever roots one come from, it should not be forgotten. Love them so that the kids can love you back. My parents taught us great values to us and they keep reminding us at times about those values whenever we seem to lose track- which happens as life is a roller coaster. I don't have kids but I will raise them with luv and become a role model for them. Good post. Thanks.

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      Lostinky 5 years ago from Kentucky

      You are right on target. My boys help with house work. Sometimes I give them money and let them go grocery store now that they older. My oldest is 16 and I explain when he finds job has to save back money and that he needs to think strongly about tithing at church.

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      Carrie Terry 5 years ago from golden, colorado

      I am an addict and alcoholic. I have been sober for 2 years. I agree with everything you said, but i would like to say it doesn't always work. I came from a great family, did great in school, had chores and when i got old enough, I had a job. When dong all the right things sometimes it does not always work. Now i just pray that my kids dont fall in to the same pattern i did. Great hub though.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To starsweightloss: Voted up and awesome. You are a very sensible person. I applaud you immensely. This hub should be required reading for all, especially parents.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Great, direct hub. Not easy to put into practice, but worth the effort.

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      FordeAhern 5 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

      Thank you for this information.I have two children and like any mother I am thinking about when they are out without me and what is out there. I just hope I have educated them enough about drugs that they will stay away from them. voted up and interesting