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

Show Us How Your Family is Building Assets: Win a round of miniature golf and pizza for 6

Cape County THRIVE wants to know how your family builds assets.  By posting a picture to our Facebook page you will be entered to win 4 large pizza’s and a round of miniature golf for 6!  With your picture describe what you are doing and which assets you are building with your children. There is no limit on how many times you can enter as long as each entry is of a different activity. There are 40 assets to choose from so have fun with it!!

The winner will be announced on Tuesday May 26th on our Facebook page. To learn more about assets and how you can build them please visit
http://www.search-institute.org/research/developmental-assets

 

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

Activating Assets: High Expectations

This month, store our focus is Asset #16: High Expectations
Young person’s parents and teachers encourage them to do well.
Category: External Assets
Subcategory: Boundaries and Expectations
Nationally, find only 48% of youth report having this asset. 

5 Steps to Having High Expectations:

  • Have a talk about what the expectations are at home and school regularly.  Ask your child how they feel about the expectations. Are they too low or too high?
  • Take notice when your child has spent a lot of time and effort on a project and surprise them with a special treat.
  • Work on a setting short term and long term goals with your child. Make a solid plan to accomplish one goal at a time and encourage them to stick with it, health even if they get off track.
  • Create a Future Inspiration Collage together.  You add pictures that represent your dreams for your child and they add pictures that represent their own dreams. Talk about how they are similar and different.

 

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“Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.”
~Ryunosuke Satoro