It’s summertime! The break from the typical routine, slower pace, and those long, lazy summer days can provide opportunities for family fun and Asset building! Looking for some fun and simple ways to build Assets in your kids? Read on for some ideas:
The hot summer days are perfect opportunities to quench kids’ desire to feel valuable. Help them build their Empowerment and Positive Identity Assets by setting up a lemonade stand. Use the proceeds to grocery shop for items to donate to the local food pantry. Not only do they get to feel good about helping others, but they learn what it means to be of service to the community.
Summertime is a fantastic opportunity for kids to explore their interests via camps, classes, sports etc. While we want our kids to be engaged, are their summer activities balanced with some quality time at home with ‘nothing special to do’? If the answer is yes, their Constructive Use of Time Assets are growing! When you find you have this unstructured time at home with your kids, do something fun together- tell jokes, read to each other, play a board game, do a craft together, or plan a family dinner.
Want to help your child develop a sense of responsibility and build his or her Positive Values Assets? Help them plant some flower/herb pots or a vegetable patch that they are responsible for watering, weeding, and taking care of.
As we all know, planning and decision making are important life skills and are part of the Social Competencies Asset category. Help support your child in growing these skills by asking them to organize a family picnic, and let him/her do most of the planning. Have him or her think about, “Where will we go?”, “What will we bring to eat?”, “What supplies besides food might we need?”
Want to bring a smile to someone’s face and contribute to a caring neighborhood which strengthens the Support Assets? Have your kids use sidewalk chalk to create messages on the street for your neighbors or leave notes in neighbors’ mailboxes sharing something they appreciate about them.
Want to keep those reading skills sharp over the summer and keep the Commitment to Learning Assets strong? Participate in the summer reading program at the library or have your kids start a book club with their friends.
Enjoy! Wishing you all a relaxing, fun, Asset filled summer!
Note: If you’d like to learn more about the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets Framework, go to http://www.search-institute.org/research/developmental-assets