- Step 1
Although you need to be a parent to your children, there are times when being a friend is better. It will help you become a part of your child's entire life and not just his disciplinarian.
- Step 2
Speak to your child like a friend when he needs to vent about his day at school. Ask him how his day was, what he learned, and about the challenges they faced. If he is faced with minor challenges, such as another child teasing them, encourage and focus on their good points. They will start focusing on the good parts too, and turn teasing into praising.
- Step 3
Have your child tell you what he likes about himself. Listen to every word and encourage and provide strength for your child.
- Step 4
Whether your child is an athlete, a musician, an artist or a scholar, encourage and praise him for everything he does. Participate in his life. If he plays football, go to the games and cheer for him. If he is struggling in a class, help him. If he works his way from a "C" to a "B", show him how much his efforts paid off; take him for ice cream or a special treat.