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How do I help my child resist today's cultural messages?

Michele Borba
Psychology
The closer your relationship with your child, the better able she will be to navigate that sometimes raunchy, racy culture, find alternatives to those sexual messages, and realize it’s okay to be a kid. That’s because your child will seek your guidance and use you as a filter. And you do make a difference. A 2007 MTV/Associated press poll found that the majority of young people listed their parents as their heroes. Find more time for your child to connect with you, her grandparents and relatives who can help keep her centered, preserve some ounce of her childhood and value her for who she really is and not how popular or sexy she looks. Help your son find healthy male role models who can spend time with him and help him learn to enjoy being with himself as well as engaging in healthy outlets. And above all, stay connected! A 13-year-old typically spends half the amount of time with her parents than at age 10. Sure, the world these days is more X-rated, but parents have always been an excellent counterbalance to sleaze and raunchiness. Remember you really do influence your child’s attitudes, values, and self-esteem, but only if you choose to use your influence!
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