Positive Things You Can Offer Kids
Many things you do – or could do – everyday make a big difference for kids. How? By building “developmental assets” – 40 essential building blocks that children and teenagers need as a foundation for growing up. Research shows that these assets can have a positive impact on young people’s lives.
Caring, supportive relationships are vital to children and teenagers. You help young people feel supported when you:
· Freely give them your love, affirmation, and acceptance;
· Surround them with people who care; and
· Help them know that they belong.
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #2 or #5, you are supporting kids.
Kids need to discover the joy of making a difference. You empower them when you:
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #1 or #8, you are empowering kids.
Young people need your guidance to stay healthy and safe. You offer healthy boundaries and expectations when you:
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #7 or #11, you are setting boundaries and expectations.
All kids need access to quality programs and activities that enrich their lives, develop their talents and interests, and help them develop healthy relationships.
These can include
· Drama and other arts
· Sports and hobbies; and
· Involvement in church, synagogue, temple, or other religious community.
It’s also important that they spend time at home.
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #13 or #14, you are helping to provide opportunities for constructive use of time.
Kids need to develop a lifelong commitment to learning. You help young people develop this commitment when you:
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #3 or #9, you are nurturing a commitment to learning.
Positive values give children and youth the “internal compasses” they need to guide them. You can help shape their values when you:
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #4 or #6, you are instilling positive values.
Social competencies are the life skills young people need to be independent, capable, and competent. You help young people develop social competencies when you:
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #10 or #16, you are helping kids develop social competencies.
A positive identity forms the foundation that helps young people feel secure in who they are. You nurture a positive identity when you:
If you took the quiz the week before and you checked #12 or #15, you are nurturing positive identity.
For more information about asset building and Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth, contact Lori Johnson, Tama County Empowerment Coordinator, Tama County Public Health and Home Care, at (641) 484-4788 or 1-866-484-4788.