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Take the time to connect with kids

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Positive Family Communication is the goal this week. Locally, only 34 percent of students feel like they have this asset in their lives.
I always like to be mindful that a portion of this data point is how that communication is interpreted by our youth.
Nevertheless, one might consider their daily interactions and how they might come across. I also like to bring up an old saying from when I was a kid, “Monkey see, monkey do.”
Do the youth in your life mirror what they see? Think about the greatest adults you know and how kids seem to interact with them. Even the kid having the worst day seems a little brighter in their presence, right?
Take time to connect with kids, asking for nothing, accomplishing nothing — and by all means — with a goal of not fussing. If you try to do that from time to time, then when you do ask, it might not be met with dread.
I’d also like to mention a type of communication: texting. Prior to the start of the summer, Assets made an attempt to get folks on board with not texting and driving. The response was pathetic, to say the least.


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