Step 1: Be a role model for your teenager.
Your actions have an important part to play in your teenager's choices. Make sure that your expectations of yourself mirror your expectations of your teenager rather than contradict them. Expecting your child to do one thing while seeing you do the opposite frays their trust towards you as their parent.
Step 2: Look for the positive in your teenager.
Focus on the positive things in your teenager and express your appreciation for him/her.
Step 3: Have time together with your teenager.
Make it a habit to spend time with your teenager and do something together every week.
Step 4: Express interest in your teenager's life.
Be aware of every aspect of your teenager's life, from friends to favourite activities, hobbies and career goals. Learn about your teenager as a person.
Step 5: Share your life with your teenager.
Share your life with your teenager so that he/she will be motivated to do the same with you. Be sincere about the things going on in your life, your challenges, your friends, etc. Whatever aspect of his/her life you want your teenager to share with you, be prepared to share yours first.
Step 6: Express your love for your teenager.
Tell your teenager you love him/her as often as you can. He/she needs to hear it from you.
Step 7: Listen to what your teenager has to say.
Make your teenager feel that he/she is an important part of the family by including his/her opinions in family discussions. Listening to your teenager will help open his/her communication with you and will help him/her develop a positive attitude towards adults.
Step 8: Touch your teenager.
Teenagers need to feel your touch often. By touching, hugging and kissing them, you will help decrease their risks when looking for other physical contact.
Step 9: Do not neglect your teenager's emotions.
While your teenager's academic success is important, pay attention to his/her emotional states as well. Your teenager's emotional strength and maturity will be the deciding factors of whether or not he/she is able to resist peer pressure and other dangerous temptations.
Step 10: Keep communication going.
Talk to your teenager about your day and ask how his/her day went. Share your feelings with him/her. No matter what the situation is, make sure your teenager knows that he/she can come to you for any reason.