Teaching your teen social responsibility

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I think the most important thing for a parent, whether it’s a mom or a dad, is to talk to their kids. Just to have constant conversations to see where they are, to see where they’re struggling, whether it’s socially or sexually, whether there’s alcohol or drugs involved. I just think having those lines of communication are really critical. Sometimes the kids aren’t going to say anything to you, but they know that you’re there. They know that you’re asking questions and checking in on them. Not in a probing, I want to know what’s going on kind of way, but I care about you and I just want to see what’s happening. Kids will open up. And they don’t open up right away. It takes time. It may take a day or two. But they will pop out with a question at some point in time and ask for advice. But they have to know that you’re there and you care. So I think making time is really hard. Particularly in a culture that’s so fast-paced as ours, where everybody is on phones or going to the next appointment. Slowing it down, taking it easy, talking to them about what’s going on in in their school, academically, socially, sexually, drugs, and alcohol. Making the time to have those conversations.
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Mark K. Shriver

Sr. VP, Save the Children

Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.

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