Positive Identity Teens Need (part 2)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute. 3) Sense of Purpose: where teens feel that "my life has a purpose."Stock your bookshelves with inspiring books about heroes who have made a difference with their lives. Biblical references and stories can be strong…

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Positive Identity Teens Need (part 1)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.1) Personal Power: when teens feel they have control over "things that happen to me."The most important piece of the self-esteem puzzle is personal power—the sense your youngster gets from knowing they can have an…

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Social Competencies Teens Need (part 3)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.4) Resistance Skills: where teens are strong enough to resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.Be aware that many teens participate in unhealthy rites of passage involving things like hazing, gambling, sexual activity and/or substance…

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Social Competencies Teens Need (part 2)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.3) Cultural Competence: where teens have knowledge of and are comfortable with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.Pay attention to what you say and how you say it about people, the world, ideas and so on.…

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Social Competencies Teens Need (part 1)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute. 1)  Planning and Decision Making: where teens know how to plan ahead and make choices.When your teens receive long-term school assignments, help them plan ahead and make decisions in order to finish on time.Talk kids…

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Positive Values Teens Need (part 3)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.5) Responsibility: where teens accept consequences and take personal responsibility.Don’t always bail your kids out of trouble. Instead, help them learn from mistakes.Don’t nag or rescue your kids when they forget to follow through on…

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Positive Values Teens Need (part 2)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.3) Integrity: where teens act on their convictions and stand up for their beliefs.Defending personal values may sometimes mean your teens are on the receiving end of intolerant or belittling responses from their friends or…

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Positive Values Teens Need (part 1)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute. 1) Caring: where teens place a high value on helping other people.Encourage your kids to donate coins—their own or ones you give them—to good causes.Investigate volunteer opportunities in your community that you and your teen…

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Internal Assets Teens Need (part 3)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.4) Bonding to School: where teens care about their school.If you are able, purchase school t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, or other school clothing that’s for sale. Wearing these helps children show pride in their school.Participate with…

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Internal Assets Teens Need (part 2)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute. 3) Homework: where teens do at least one hour of homework every school day.Ask neighbors to share their areas of expertise (computers, math, English arts) in a community list of  “Homework Helpers” to distribute to…

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