In an ongoing series in this column, we are highlighting one of the individual 40 Developmental Assets that have a powerful positive impact on young people’s growth. The first of these 40 is Family Support.
Research shows that young people are more likely to grow up healthy when their families provide high levels of love and support. Parents can demonstrate their love and support for their children in many ways. Giving hugs and saying “I love you” are obvious. But closely paying attention, listening actively and taking a genuine interest in what your kids are doing are less noticeable and sometimes more impactful ways to offer support.