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t h ey w ill ser iou sly. t ak e t h em selves 5. St ar t local. Focu s you r ef f or t s on t h e n eigh bor h ood. M eet you r local r epr esen t at ives an d t alk w it h t h em abou t t h eir jobs an d w h at you t h in k n eeds ch an gin g in you r n eigh bor h ood. M ak e t ak in g local act ion a f am ily com m it m en t ; m ak e it f u n . 6. Sh ow em ot ion . Th er e w ill be u ps an d dow n s in you r ef f or t s. You an d you r f am ily sh ou ld n ot get discou r aged. Equ at e act ivism to a m ar at h on . Wh en ever in evit able set back s cou ld lead t o f r u st r at ion or disappoin t m en t , ch an n el t h ese em ot ion s in t o r en ew ed com m it m en t an d act ion . Celebr at e su ccesses? even sm allest on es. t he 7. Tak e t im e ou t . Teach ch ildr en t h e im por t an ce of balan ce. Th ey n eed t im e t o be w it h f r ien ds, play spor t s or video gam es. It is k ey t o f in d t h e balan ce bet w een t h e ef f or t s of act ivism an d t h e n at u r al r h yt h m of f am ily lif e. 8. Becom e ph ysically in volved. Adu lt s an d ch ildr en f eel m or e con n ect ed t o an issu e w h en t h ey in t er act w it h t h ose w h o ar e im pact ed. It ?s h elpf u l t o f in d ot h er lik e-m in ded act ivist s t h eir age? t h r ou gh com m u n it y, sch ool or on lin e gr ou ps? w h o can h elp t h em f eel t h at t h ey h ave allies in t h e cau se.