Better Questions Get Better Answers

Several months ago I asked my then four-year-old what they wanted to be when they grew up. The answer I got was: “Duh! I don’t know.” Which fair, maybe four is a little young to have a life plan. I couldn’t help but laugh because her answer made me realize how much we ask kids […]

Weekly Roundup: Self-Esteem

This week we’ve been delving into self-esteem. If you missed our Facebook posts, here’s a list of helpful resources for building Asset #38 Self-Esteem. Download our FREE printable at the end to use with your family over the long weekend. And if you’re struggling with how to entertain your kids, this list of activities can […]

Good Job not Saying “Good Job!”

Admittedly, when I read that one of the 40 Developmental Assets was Self-Esteem, I sort of rolled my eyes. It feels so 90’s. Everyone gets a participation trophy and told how wonderful they are. Then, we all pat ourselves on the back, say “Good job,” and go home knowing what a difference we made. And […]

But Wait, Why?

Last week we featured Jacob Zarpentine as a Asset Builder of the Month for helping us administer the DAP. DAP stands for The Developmental Assets Profile. Developed by the Search Institute, it is “a reliable and valid assessment of the strengths, supports, and social and emotional factors that are essential for young people’s success in […]

Asset Builder of the Week: Jacob Zarpentine

Without Jacob’s hard work at the high school, we never would have been able to survey the ninth and eleventh graders. Administering the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) let us know how our youth measure up. What Assets do they already have and where could they use a little help? We’ll be using these results in […]

What We’ve Been Up To

It’s been a busy few weeks for us, as we’ve been doing a deep dive into the results of the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) our seventh, ninth, and eleventh graders took back in December. Thanks Wendi and Jacob, middle and high school counselors, for administering the survey! Look for a profile on their good work […]

Activities So You Don’t Break Over Break

If your family is anything like mine, then the novelty of Christmas break has worn off and it’s looking a lot more like Lord of the Flies at your house. It’s also about the time I’ve run out of tricks and am scraping the bottom of the barrel for fun activities to get us through […]

How to Talk to Kids at Holiday Parties

Ahhhhh, it’s the annual Christmas gathering and kids are going to be there! I remember dreading Holiday parties as a kid. Mainly because my mom made me wear itchy, festive sweaters and was like soooo embarrassing gah. And because adults usually only asked me one of two really boring questions: What do you want for […]

Holiday Movie Guide

On the surface Asset Building seems pretty simple—say hello to kids, know your neighbors’ names, include youth in decision making—and it is in a lot of ways. It’s so easy that most of us are building assets and we don’t even realize it. However, when we don’t name and acknowledge what we are doing it […]

Building A Snowman

My family and I went to the Winterfest in Victor over the weekend. After the parade, my niece, nephew, husband, and almost 5-year-old started building a snowman on the slim patch of earth at the corner of the main intersection in town. We all got really into it and even started forging for arms, eyes, […]