Parenting is a long journey. It’s important to start your parenting journey off on the right foot and think with the end in mind. In other words, remember that you’re not simply raising a child – you’re raising an adult. Now is the time to teach them to be accountable, dependable and responsible.

Your Role

Your job is to protect. Don’t be afraid to do your job. They need to know you will keep them safe. Your role is not to be your child’s “friend.” They will have plenty of friends, but only one mom and dad who love them enough to protect them.

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Modeling Healthy Behaviors

Be intentional with your words and deeds. You are the center of your child’s life and this won’t last forever. By setting a good example for your child, you are making it clear what kinds of behaviors are expected and healthy.

Setting Boundaries

Nothing says “I love you” like setting boundaries. Help your child learn that rules are a part of life and meant to help keep everyone safe. Start by establishing a set bedtime, limiting computer time and banning cell phones from the dinner table.

It Takes a Village

It’s never a good idea to travel alone! This is true for parenting, too. Get to know the parents of your child’s friends. Befriend other parents too, because it takes a village of engaged parents to keep kids safe today.