What are the Developmental Assets?
Many factors can determine whether kids have a solid foundation or one that will crumble when they are challenged with tough decisions. Developing the strengths of our children is as important as the quality of the tools we use to accomplish the task. The Search Institute has identified the 40 Developmental Assets®, a proven tool, resulting from years of research, conducted with millions of children across the country. The Assets are the experiences, qualities and relationships (spread across eight broad categories) young people need to grow up healthy, competent, principled and prepared for success.
Why are the assets important?
Assets are building blocks for healthy development. They have the power to promote success and help to prevent problem behavior! Research shows that the more assets our children have, the more likely they are to do well in school and to help others. They are also less likely to use drugs and alcohol and engage in problem behaviors like violence and gambling! Parents who intentionally build assets in their children prepare them to make positive choices when they are faced with tough decisions!
How can parents build assets in children?
All children need assets! As key asset builders, parents can insure that children have the experiences, training and relationships that prepare them for healthy and successful lifestyles. Asset building is an ongoing process which begins when a child is born and continues through their teen years and beyond. For a list of the 40 Developmental Assets® and great examples of how parents can build assets with children of all ages, click here.