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Listening to Your Kids

Listening to your kids is a skill many parents may not have, but can easily acquire.

Emphasize the positive.

Make the positives equal the negatives, Kopta says. "People rarely change because of negative consequences, otherwise no one would smoke, drink or overeat," he tells WebMD. "It's not enough to tell a child not to smoke, drink, or take drugs unless you present alternative things to give them good feelings -- like sports, music, art, and relations with others.

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