Spending time with your kids and listening to what they have to say is just one way to teach them to share without hesitation. This is no easy feat, and if you are a parent who encourages this, it tells your kids that you're both open with them and interested in them as people.

Your relationship with your children will inevitably change over time. But remember that half the battle is won when you a build a good relationship with them while they are young. Here are some things you can do to make sure that the lines of communication between you and your kids remain open.

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(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Family Section as "Tweens to Teens" in October 2009; adapted for use in Female Network)
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