Posted by Bellefaire JCB on January 29, 2016

Life Assets for Parents and Teens

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Life Assets for Parents and Teens

The Search Institute (an independent nonprofit organization providing leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth and communities) has identified 40 developmental assets for teens. These are personal qualities, opportunities and experiences that can contribute to a teen's ability to cope, be positive and become successful. Read this checklist of assets to see how you think your teen fares. You can encourage your teen to look at the teen asset checklist, compare results and use it as an opportunity to explore how to build additional assets!

Checklist for Parents

  1. My child can come to me for advice and support. We have frequent in-depth conversations.
  2. My child knows three or more other adults whom he or she can go to for advice and support.
  3. My child serves in our community one or more hours each week.
  4. Our family has clear rules and consequences for behavior. We monitor each other’s whereabouts.
  5. I model positive, responsible behavior, and so do other adults whom my child knows.
  6. My child’s best friends model responsible behavior.
  7. My child spends 3 or more hours each week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
  8. My child spends 3 or more hours each week in school or community sports, clubs, or organizations.
  9. My child does an hour or more of homework each school day.
  10. My child acts on his or her convictions. My child stands up for his or her beliefs.
  11. My child tells the truth even when it is not easy.
  12. My child accepts and takes personal responsibility for his or her actions and decisions.
  13. My child believes that it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
  14. My child is good at planning ahead and making decisions.
  15. My child believes that his or her life has purpose.

Checklist for Teens

  1. I can go to my parents or guardian for advice and support.
  2. I know three or more other adults whom I can go to for advice and support.
  3. I serve in my community one or more hours each week.
  4. My family has clear rules and consequences for my behavior, and they monitor my whereabouts.
  5. My parents, guardian or other adults in my life model positive, responsible behavior.
  6. My best friends model responsible behavior.
  7. I spend three or more hours each week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
  8. I spend three or more hours each week in school or community sports, clubs or organizations.
  9. I do an hour or more of homework each school day.
  10. I act on my convictions. I stand up for my beliefs.
  11. I tell the truth even when it’s not easy.
  12. I accept and take personal responsibility for my actions and decisions.
  13. I believe that it’s important not to be sexually active or use alcohol or other drugs.
  14. I am good at planning ahead and making decisions.
  15. I believe that my life has purpose.

This article was written by Benson, Peter L., Galbraith, Judy & Espeland, Pamela (1998). What Kids Need to Succeed. Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Free Spirit.

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