As parents, we take seriously the job of raising our kids. We want them to grow up to be healthy, fulfilled followers of Jesus Christ. There are so many things you can do—and probably already do—to reduce the chances of one of your kids considering suicide. The best defense against suicide begins from day one, with a strong foundation at home as you prepare your kids for healthy living.

If you’ve already been a parent for years, you might not think this section applies to you—but it does. Taking time to consider the topics of parent-child attachment, self-care, loving discipline, and support might reveal an underlying issue with one of your children that may warrant further investigation.

Don’t worry; this isn’t a blame-the-parents section. It’s a be-aware-and-alert section as well as a prevention section. If the following information raises questions in your mind about one of your kids, there’s a lot you can do. You can steer your child’s life in a different direction, avoiding any journey toward negative behaviors or suicidal choices.

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In This Section:

 

Attaching and Connecting to Your Child
Suicide Prevention Begins When A Child Is Born

 

Practicing Self-Care
Good Relationships Begin With Good Self-Care

 

Providing Loving Discipline
Discipline Is A Journey, Not A Destination

 

Supporting your Child
If Kids Don’t Get Support From Their Parents, They Will Look Elsewhere

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