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Q&A: How Can I Encourage Good Role Models for My Teen?

Q. How do I get my daughter to have better role models? She's 14 and totally obsessed with celebrities.

A. Put a block on celebrity TV, stop talking about the people she's focused on, and take a broader view. What you're fighting is the glorification of mindless consumerism and idolizing famous people who aren't necessarily contributing to society. Build her awareness of the big sell by watching movies and TV with her, and having her point out how many times a celebrity promotes a product. Then redirect her interests. If her passion is fashion, sign her up for classes in design or photography. If she loves magazines, get her involved in a local paper. That way she'll learn useful skills and meet good role models.

Originally published in the July 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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