Every month, Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition highlights one of the 40 Developmental Assets. Please feel free share and distribute!
Asset #16 High Expectations – Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
Essential Question: Do I routinely expect the best from young people as a way to express my belief in them?
Tips for expressing high expectations:
• Be clear and specific when it comes to communicating expectations for such issues as school responsibilities, home chores, sexual behavior, substance use, curfews etc.
• When conveying expectations, explain your rationale including your beliefs and values regarding certain activities and behaviors.
• Be open to a variety of possibilities in how young people will meet your high expectations. They may choose a route that is quite different than how you might approach the task.
• Give recognition for youth accomplishments when they meet your expectations and brainstorm solutions with the young person when things are not working out so well.
Source: Search Institute When Parents Ask for Help, Renie Howard.
To schedule a Developmental Assets Workshop for youth and/or adults or a presentation of La Plata County 2015 Assets data, contact Cody Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fact: 63% of La Plata County youth grades 6-12 say their parents and teachers encourage them to do well. (Assets Survey 2015)