Children & Teens

What You Can Do
  • Consider becoming a foster parent for a child, or children from the same family.  Contact Fostering Washington (below). 

How children can help strengthen their family:

  • Love, honor and obey your parents by asking for, listening to, and considering their counsel.  If you do not have a mother or father, do your part to support the parent you do have.  
  • Honor and respect both your parents and grandparents.  If you talked to your friends like you talk to your parents, would you have any friends?  
  • Be a real friend to your brothers and sisters, and treat everyone with kindness.
  • Help keep your family strong and close.  Love your family and be loyal to them.  Your most important friendships should be with your own brothers, sisters and parents.  
  • Ask your parents to teach you the things they know—skills, talents, social skills, a foreign language they speak, academic knowledge, financial knowledge, and other talents and wisdom they possess. 

  • Make a list of all the things your mother has done for you.  Send it to her.

  • Identify a motherly figure in your life and take her flowers, or send her a card.
  • Keep a journal to record your life story using experiences and lessons learned.  
  • Do your best to make good choices.
  • Be honest—do not lie, steal, shoplift or cheat.  Have the courage to do what you know is right.  
  • Read every day, but avoid filthy books, magazines, music, movies and television.
  • Be a good citizen.   Be patriotic, and love your country.
  • Be courteous, and treat everyone with kindness.  
  • Be kind to your parents and family—treat them the way you want to be treated.

  • Is there a family member you haven’t talked to lately?  Visit with them, or call them.
  • Look for opportunities to serve and help others in your family, neighborhood, school, community, and Church.  
  • Consider becoming a member of a youth group, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, YMCA, a Church youth group, etc.    

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