Adolescents often invest a great deal of time, energy, and emotion in their social circle. Much of their identity may be defined by who their friends are and how they are treated by their peer group. It is of great benefit for a teenager to spend time with friends who are doing well for themselves – who are compassionate, responsible, hard-working, and secure in who they are. Remember to ask your teens about time spent with friends, and encourage them to socialize with good kids, however that looks in your neighbourhood and school community.
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Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development, known as Developmental Assets, that help adolescents to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Visit us here every Wednesday to read about different ways that you, your family, and your community can take action to help equip our young people develop resilience and achieve success in life.