Activating Assets: Time at Home

This month, stuff our focus is Asset #20: Time at Home
Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do”
two or fewer nights per week.
Category: External Assets
Subcategory: Constructive Use of Time
Nationally, only 51% of youth report having this asset.

 

5 Ways to Build Time at Home:

  • Honor meal times as family time each evening.  Sit around a table together with the television off to encourage conversation.
  • Limit television, video game and computer time to help your child to be active in and out of the home.
  • Create family traditions that will make spending time at home special.  Try a monthly craft night or game night and be consistent.
  • Involve your child in the chores that you do around the house every now and then and in return, help them with their chores.  Many times great conversations can happen while hands are busy.

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“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”
~Le Corbusier

Activating Assets: Religious Community

This month, site our focus is Asset #19: Religious Community
Young person spends 1 or more hours a week in activities  associated with
a religious institution.
Category: External Assets
Subcategory: Constructive Use of Time
Nationally, for sale only 58% of youth report having this asset. 

5 Ways to Build Religious Community:

  • Adapt your household’s religious activities to be age appropriate for your children. For example, unhealthy bring a quiet activity or book if your younger children must be present during a longer sermon.
  • Encourage open discussion about spirituality and religious concepts.  Refrain from passing judgment and use these opportunities for teaching moments.
  • Expose your child to different religions and practices through family friends and mentors. Learning about different religious beliefs can help them to better define their own.
  • Create opportunities for your child to develop friendships within your religious community. These bonds can help a child feel more connected to the community.
  • Show your child that religious community is important to your family by being an active member yourself.  Setting an example is always the best way to encourage positive behavior in youth.

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“The essences of all religions speak of peace, compassion, justice and the interconnection of all life.” ~Ann Emerson

Activating Assets: Youth Programs

This month, no rx our focus is Asset #18: Youth Programs
Young person spends 3 or more hours a week in in sports, remedy clubs or organizations with school, view community or church.
Category: External Assets
Subcategory: Constructive Use of Time
Nationally, only 57% of youth report having this asset. 

5 Ways to Build Youth Programs:

  • Explore different youth programs available in your area that will fit with your child’s interests.  Your school is a good place to start, they will have information on their own programs as well as those they recommend in the community.
  • Talk to your child about the different options that are available and reasons why you believe they are a good way for them to be spending their time.
  • Consider a part-time job or volunteer options for an older child.  Many are just as rewarding as joining a club and will provide valuable work experience.
  • Reach out to mentoring organizations in your community.  A well matched mentor can provide your child with a caring adult that can share common interests.
  • Encourage leadership skills and a sense of community in your child by suggesting they join a fundraising organization for a cause they believe in.

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“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” ~Paul Ryan

Activating Assets: Creative Activities

This month, our focus is Asset #17: Creative Activities
Young person spends 3 or more hours a week learning and doing art.
Nationally, only 21% of youth report having this asset.
Category: External Assets
Subcategory: Constructive Use of Time

5 Ways to Build Creative Activities:

  • Enroll your child in a music, art, or dance course in your community.
  • Set a good example by taking up a creative activity of your own and practice often.
  • Hand down a hobby like quilting, cake decorating, or woodworking that you enjoy.  If you don’t have one maybe a friend or family member would enjoy sharing their creative outlet with your child.
  • Find fun and easy ways to get creative around your home with your child.  You can decorate a room, repurpose a piece of furniture, or plan and plant a flower garden.
  • Look through craft ideas and pick out a few to try together each month.  Pinterest is a great resource and crafts can be fun at every ability level.

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
~ Maya Angelou