Does “Do as I say, not as I do” rule in your household?

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By goXunuReviews on Flickr

If it does, maybe it’s time to put your words into action. When your child was younger, your role was to lay the foundation for his behavior. Even though your teen is now starting to take responsibility for his or her behavior, it is still important for you to model good lifestyle habits.

Be an eParent®! Use technology in front of your teen in a positive way. Let them see you reading an eBook. Show your teen how you get useful information online. Ask your teen about their use of technology.

Recent research shows that teenagers generally stay close to their parents, and that they value and respond to their parents’ good opinion, advice and support. Your child’s peers and friends will also be important in the teenage years, but parents and peers influence different things. Parents influence values and morals while peers will influence specific behavior like choice of fashion or music. So, it is important to be a good role model for your teen.

Read this article about how Active Video Games Can Help Your Family Get Fit.

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