Thursday, March 24, 2011

Developmental Asset #1 Family Support

The Uncover your Assets Team is launching a media campaign to help raise awareness about Developmental Assets and provide valuable tips on how we can all become Asset Builders! These articles can be found in Beaumont News and right here on the FCSS Blog. Starting with Asset #1 seems logical, so here is my perspective on providing Family Support to our kids.

Families are integral in the transformation of children into successful adults. Here are several ways for parents to provide high levels of love and support.

Kids of all ages need to know that they are loved and supported by their families. This support can be shown in simple ways like a hug, regular conversations about daily life, or surprising them with a funny note in their school lunch bag.

Kids are likely to feel more supported when parents make an effort to spend special one on one time with them on a regular basis, or by creating a special scrapbook of photos that provides details about their life. Displaying photos of your child, their artwork and allowing them to have input into family meals are other ways to help your child feel valued and appreciated.Celebrating your child's success and appreciating the qualities that make them unique both verbally and in writing will also build support.

Establishing family traditions is one more way to create a supportive environment within your family. Weekly walks, special family nights or an annual camping trip wil help to build strong bonds within your family, not to mention great memories.

Sharing special inside jokes along with stories about your child will help them to feel connected and unique. While every child needs to feel supported by their family, there are many ways to make this happen. The future success of our children truly starts at home when parents are focused on supporting and loving their kids.