Developing a Positive Identity
In today’s society many things are playing into our teens identities, but not all are positive. When it comes to developing a positive identity there are eight key assets to keep in mind and we want to share those with you.
Support: family support
Empowerment: feeling valued by adults in the
Boundaries & Expectations: family/school boundaries (clear rules and expectations), positive peer influences, adult role models, etc.
Constructive Use of Time: sports, activities, youth programs, etc.
Commitment to Learning: completing homework and readings, being involved, motivation to achieve
Positive Values: self-control, honesty, responsibility, equality and social justice, compassion, integrity
Social Competencies: planning and decision making, peaceful conflict resolution skills, interpersonal communication
Positive Identity: sense of purpose, positive view of personal future, self-esteem and personal power.
Knowing these 8 assets how can we as adults, community leaders, and parents help our teens achieve a positive identity?
Recognize Strengths and Weaknesses
Demonstrate Positive Values Daily
Develop a Purpose in Your Life that they see first hand
Form Meaningful Relationships with our Teens
Contribute to the Community
Help your teen Avoid Unhealthy Risky Behaviors
What are the pros to this type of lifestyle and goals?
Individuals who have a increased self-esteem typically have a higher level of mental and emotional health.
How a person feels mentally and physically will affect how they value themselves.
It is proven that individuals who have a positive outlook on life tend to live longer and healthier (mentally and physically).
See challenges as a way to grow and learn
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