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Powerful Parenting: The Asset-Building Way 


It’s easy to get scared as a parent.

Watching the news, we see crime, drinking and driving, teen pregnancy, gang warfare, suicide. We wonder what’s going to happen to our children. In our fear, we may end up scaring our kids so that they live in fear as well. Or we may look the other way, thinking that these things would never affect our families.

Whatever the approach, most parents feel uncertain at times. We would like to know the secrets of healthy parenting in a world that often seems very unhealthy.

The idea of “developmental assets,” introduced by Search Institute in Minneapolis, gives a new sense of hope and practical

direction for parents. Researchers at Search Institute have identified 40 building blocks that have a powerful, positive impact on young people. Children and teenagers who have a lot of assets get involved in very few risky behaviors—the kinds of problems we worry about. And when young people have a lot of

assets, they are much more likely to do the positive things we value. Assets do make a difference. By incorporating them

into your parenting, you can help your child grow up happy, healthy, and responsible.    



40 Keys to Effective Parenting


Assets are 40 key building

blocks of development that help

youth grow up healthy. The

more assets youth have, the

more likely they are to succeed 























How to Start

Search Institute has identified eight types of assets that are crucial for helping young people grow up healthy:


• Supporting and loving your child.

• Empowering your child.

• Setting clear and realistic boundaries and expectations.

• Helping your child use her or his time in meaningful, constructive ways.

• Encouraging your child to develop a lifetime commitment to learning.

• Instilling in your child positive values.

• Developing social competencies in your child.

• Encouraging your child to form a positive identity.


Each area involves several specific assets.


Download the list of Developmental Assets to learn more about the strengths and supports children and youth need.


Brought to you by Addiction & Mental Health

Rania Page, School Based Prevention Counsellor, 403.406.7548

This newsletter and other asset resources are produced by Search Institute, www.search-institute.org; 800-888-7828. Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005 by Search Institute. 


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