Words will sometimes go in one ear and out the other, but teens remember what you do. Action and inaction send a strong message, so make your actions align with the values you want to teach. Values are guiding principles that outline right from wrong, guiding decisions. It is ten times more powerful to take your kids to clean up garbage in a park than it is to say the words, “don’t litter.” The values they learn from you will last a lifetime, so make sure you’re modeling the adulthood you want for your teen.
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Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.Read more articles by this author