Parental Youth Recognition - It's Important and Easy To Do!

posted Jan 10, 2012, 10:51 AM by Corey Haynes
Parents: Catch Your Child Being Good

  • Positive words from parents help kids stay positive.
  • Having responsibilities in the home helps young people to feel valued. Jobs like washing dishes, picking up their rooms, and helping to make dinner tell your children that you think they are capable and important.
  • Setting clear expectations and rules makes family life easier and kids need to hear when they are doing a good job of meeting your expectations.
  • When young people are rebelling against their parents, it is still important to tell them what they are doing well.
  • Even noticing a small improvement can make a big difference in your child's attitude and behavior.
  • Children need to know that adults notice their successes.
  • Young people who are encouraged are more likely to do more good things!

5 Sentences Kids Want to Hear:
  1. Great Job! 
  2. We’re so proud of you!
  3. You’re amazing! 
  4. That’s a great improvement!
  5. You make a difference in our town!
10 Easy Ways to Appreciate Young People

  1. Post things on the refrigerator (awards, good grades, art work, encouragement, anything positive!).
  2. Tell them “I love you” and “I'm proud of you”. You cannot say these too often!
  3. Ask how their day was.
  4. Listen.
  5. Brag about them to friends and family (when your child can hear it!)
  6. Turn off the TV and eat meals together as a family as often as possible.
  7. Ask teachers about your child's strengths at school. Then, tell your child what the teacher said and how proud it makes you feel.
  8. Be involved in activities with your child.
  9. Reward your child for being good. (Rewards don't have to cost money. Use your imagination!).
  10. Slip a note that says “I'm proud of you” or other message into their backpack.

Every Youth Wants to Be Appreciated!

Brought to you by the Community Coalition for Teens and the Communities That Care Coalition.The Communities That Care Coalition’s Youth Recognition Workgroup promotes recognition for positive youth involvement in families, schools and communities.

For More Information Contact Ruth Ever at (413) 586-9225.