Principal’s Pointers 3/3/17
You are what you believe:
This month we will be focusing on the Positive Values Category of Developmental Assets. Values shape young people’s relationships, behaviors, choices, and sense of who they are. Although positive values help young people avoid risky behavior, they also help guide their day-to-day actions and interactions. Thus, values inspire, not just prohibit. Young people who have positive values are more likely to listen to their conscience, help others, be independent, tell right from wrong, and feel happy. Ultimately, positive values help young people make their own decisions rather than imitate friends or follow trends. Here are the facts: Research shows the more young people develop positive values that guide their behavior, the more likely they are to grow up healthy. Search Institute has identified six assets in the Positive Values category that are crucial for helping young people succeed: Caring, Equality and Social Justice, Integrity, Honesty, Responsibility, and Restraint. Building positive values includes branching out to a lot of different people: those in your family, neighborhood, school, community, state, country and the world. It can also include caring for animals, and the environment. Volunteering – whether for a group or an individual is an excellent way for young people to develop these skills. Here’s the easiest way to start: encourage your child to simply smile at those around them. Look for more ideas on how to promote these values at home in our next Principal’s Pointers.
Proud to be your principal,
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