Developmental Asset #20: Time At Home

Time at home, and specifically quality time with family, is important to a young person’s development. According to Search Institute, a young person should not be out with friends “hanging out” more than two evenings per week. It’s also important to limit TV, Internet and other “screen time” at home, and this goes for the … Continue reading Developmental Asset #20: Time At Home

Developmental Asset #18: Youth Programs

Participation in clubs, sports, and other youth organizations is a great way for your teens to make constructive use of their time, build supportive relationships, and develop skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and outreach. Here are just a few ideas for getting your teens involved in youth group activities. (This list focuses on opportunities in … Continue reading Developmental Asset #18: Youth Programs

Developmental Asset #17: Creative Activities

Your children - of any age - will be happier and healthier if they spend time creating. According to Search Institute, they should be spending three or more hours per week engaged in the arts. This looks different for every child, and yours may have to try a few different things before discovering what floats … Continue reading Developmental Asset #17: Creative Activities

Developmental Asset #16: High Expectations

Young people do well when they are expected to do well. Parents and teachers alike should hold teens to high standards of achievement and behaviour. Expect the best from your kids - if you expect them to work hard and achieve, then they probably will. Here are some other ways you can take action.   … Continue reading Developmental Asset #16: High Expectations

Developmental Asset #15: Positive Peer Influence

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 … Continue reading Developmental Asset #15: Positive Peer Influence

Developmental Asset #14: Adult Role Models

Whether you are a parent, aunt or uncle, teacher, employer, neighbour, or friend, you are modelling behaviour for the young people around you. All of us can do better when it comes to setting a good example for our youth, so be aware, and keep asking yourself whether you are modelling positive behaviours and attitudes. … Continue reading Developmental Asset #14: Adult Role Models

Developmental Asset #13: Neighbourhood Boundaries

As neighbours, it is in everyone’s best interest that we remain aware of the youth in our community and what they are doing.Young people need to know that they are not just accountable to themselves, their families, and their schools, but to the community at large. As a neighbour, here are some ways you can … Continue reading Developmental Asset #13: Neighbourhood Boundaries