Tips for Parents
Here are some useful tips that will help you build a closer relationship with your child:
- Be an attentive listener, listen to understand not to simply reply and be fully present when your child is talking to you. Allow your child to feel comfortable enough to speak to you in the first place.
- Encourage them to chase their dreams and be supportive of their goals.
- Don’t be ignorant of signs that your child could be experiencing hardships, do all you can to get help for them when needed.
- Always prioritise yours and your child’s safety first.
- Make communication a priority.
- Be a role model for your children.
- Remember that discipline is not punishment.
- Understand that, everything both good and bad your child experiences from a young age will affect the quality of their life going forward.
Have a read of these case studies, which show you how some troubled teens turned things around for the best, with help from the VYG.
Amongst my four siblings, I am the middle child and seeing our parents at each other’s throat all the time reflected on us. We had bad feelings towards each other and would fight a lot. Once it got so bad, that I stabbed my sister in the hand during one of our brawls. This led to my arrest for GBH (Grievous bodily harm). I was always very angry.