Children & Teens

What You Can Do

  • To Parents:  Consider becoming a foster parent for a child, or children from the same family.  Contact Fostering Washington (below). 
  • To Children and Teens:  When any adult makes you feel uncomfortable, tell someone you trust.How children can help strengthen their family:
  • 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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