Myth: Kids don't listen to their Parents
 Fact: Parents are the #1 most important protective factor of your child.

What you do and say with your child are important. Here are the two most effective ways to support your children and teens. 

Super Protective Factors 

              School Connectedness

Research shows that students who feel a genuine sense of belonging at school are more likely to do well in school, stay in school, and make healthy choices. This sense of belonging is often described as school connectedness. Connected students believe their parents, teachers, school staff, and other students in their school care about them and about how well they are learning.

Why is it important for your child to feel connected to school? Scientists who study youth health and behavior have learned that strong connections at school can help young people...

  •  Get better grades
  • Have higher test scores
  • Stay in school longer
  • Attend school more regularly

In addition, students who feel connected to their school are less likely to

  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Drink alcohol
  • Have sexual intercourse
  • Carry a weapon or become involved in violence
  • Be injured from drinking and driving or not wearing seat belts
  • Have emotional distress or eating disorders
  • Consider or attempt suicide

More on School Connectedness.. Click here.
Parent-Child Connectedness 

Parenting can be wonderful and rewarding, but it can also be difficult and unpleasant. Most parents experience moments (or months or years) of feeling overwhelmed. There’s a lot of information out there about what we “should” do to raise “good” kids.

In reality, there are no guaranteed methods for ensuring we and our children will be happy, healthy, and successful in life. There is, however, plenty of research showing that parents can make a significant, positive difference through a number of simple approaches.

Since the 1950s, Search Institute researchers have studied the effects of various influences in young people’s lives. They’ve found that the 40 Developmental Assets clearly relate to good things — like doing well in school, serving others, engaging in the community, and forming healthy habits.

It’s important for grown-ups to help young people experience these things, but parents can’t do it alone. However, there are nine specific parenting strategies that help. Focusing on these nine research-based strategies provides guidance and direction in the uncertain world of parenting. And that’s something parents can feel good about.

From Parent Further.

Click here, for the nine strategies.