Children thrive when they have loving relationships with parents who are invested and interested in them and their well-being. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, including engaging in activities your child enjoys, eating dinner together as a family, and sharing physical and emotional affection with your child. Every interaction is a chance to grow closer, and these interactions can help you have important conversations, identify red flags, develop trust, and help your child form an identity that is tied to you and your family. As you’ll see in our Raising Capable Kids resources, a strong personal identity is one thing that may decrease loneliness and help build confidence, two things that reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.

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