Help your child develop more mature ways of thinking. Let your child make as many of his or her own decisions as
possible. This includes involving your adolescent in setting household rules
and schedules. Talk about current issues together, whether it be school
projects or world affairs. Brainstorm different ways to solve problems, and
discuss their possible outcomes. Consider giving an allowance, to help teach
your child about financial responsibility.
Encourage your child to exercise every day. Exercise helps your child feel good, have a healthy heart, and have a healthy weight. If your
child is not used to exercise, encourage light to moderate exercise, such as
walking, at first. Have your child take breaks from computer, cell phone, and TV use and be active instead.