It is important to provide children with healthy food, a loving home, and a supportive family, as well as clear and firm discipline. The right balance of healthy food, positive living habits, and discipline can help provide children with a strong foundation that is important to becoming a good citizen.
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Healthy meals and exercise may help children to avoid becoming overweight and developing diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
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To keep children safe, adults need to watch their young children at all times. Parents are expected to know what their children are doing. Children SHOULD NOT watch other children.
Here are some guidelines:
Children and teenagers should always know how to contact their parents or another responsible adult.
Children and teenagers should know to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
Children are happy when parents spend time with them. Spending time together and doing activities with children is another way to show that you care and love them. This includes taking the time to talk and listen to each other and have fun together.
Here are some examples of what parents can do with their children:
In disciplining your child, be careful to avoid injury. Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical condition is against the law in Hawaii. Negligently causing injury with a dangerous instrument is also against the law.
Since any physical discipline can easily become too harsh, and because children learn better from other methods of discipline, many parents do not use physical discipline.
"Time Out" is one safe method you can use. To learn about time out or other methods, talk to a teacher, a school counselor, or a health care professional. (See Resources in Hawaii section for information on parenting assistance.)
Children can be disciplined with rewards and consequences. Good behaviors are rewarded. Rewards can include spending time with friends, going to the movies, or special treats. Bad behaviors result in consequences, which can be the taking away of a privilege, such as talking on the phone or watching television. To be effective, children must understand what the consequences of bad behaviors will be.
Children can earn privileges when they follow a parent's rules or lose privileges when they disobey the rules. To be effective, parents must be consistent about rules and follow through.
Good personal hygiene is important for good health. Bathing and brushing teeth daily, wearing clean clothes, keeping hands and fingernails clean, and wearing slippers and shoes helps prevent colds and the spreading of germs to others. Spitting in public is a way germs can be passed to other people and should not be done.
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