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.
Vigorous exercise, such as running, biking, or playing soccer or basketball,
helps your adolescent to stay lean and to have a healthy heart.1 Vigorous exercise also helps your child feel good. If your
child is not used to exercise, encourage light to moderate exercise, such as
walking, at first. Be careful about expecting too much too soon. Too much
exercise at first can make your child tired, and he or she may not want to
exercise as much.1 Gradually build up exercise to make
it more likely that your child will stay with it. For more information on
exercise, see the topics: