The following six steps - or RECIPE for Success - can be applied by parents in dealing with their children at all stages in their growth and development, and especially as they approach and enter their teenage years.
Give children/youth the respect that we must accord to all people. Children/youth are full-fledged people and are deserving of all the respect and consideration as all adults.
Always have high expectations for children/youth. If you believe they can do it, they will rise to the occasion.
Communicate consistently and effectively with children/youth.
Give children/youth the independence to be thinkers and doers. Don’t always plan and do things for them.
Build strong partnerships between and among children/youth, their teachers and community-members & leaders. The children's/youth's connection to their school and the community are essential.
Empower your children/youth. They have seen you as a positive role model, now it is time for them to take charge of their lives. ☺ Your job is to guide them and to open their eyes to opportunities and to the potential that lies within them.