Asset Building Ideas for Parents*
Assets are built through positive interactions with adults and other young people. Most parents are already building assets with their children. Here are some suggestions to build on what you are already doing:
  • Each day, try to have at least one asset building interaction with each family member.
  • Regularly do things with your child including projects at home, recreational activities and services projects. Take turns planning family activities.
  • Try to eat at least one meal together as a family every day.
  • Negotiate family rules and consequences.
  • Talk about your values and priorities.
  • Give your children lots of support and approval while challenging them to be responsible and independent.
  • If you are parenting alone, look for other adult role models who can be mentors for your children.
  • Limit television. Find other meaningful activities for your children that they can do with you, with friends and by themselves.
  • Provide emotional and intellectual support for your children.
  • Keep in contact with your children's teachers. Don't wait for problems to arise.
  • Teach your children practical skills, including preparing a meal or creating a monthly budget. Think of them as adults in training.
  • Talk to your children about the 40 Assets. Ask them for their ideas on building assets.
  • Participate in intergenerational activities with extended family and in the community.
  • Nurture your own assets by spending time with people who are supportive. Learn new things and have fun. You'll take better care of your children if you care of yourself.
  • Remember you are not alone. Work with other asset builders in your children's lives including grandparents, teachers, coaches, child care providers, religious leaders, club leaders and neighbors.
For more ideas on Asset building with the youth in your life, please visit:

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For more information on South Brunswick's HCHY Assets Initiative, please contact:

Sue Nissenblatt, Coordinator, (732) 329-4000 Ext. 7237 or Email:

*Roehlkepartain, Jolene. Pass It On! Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute, 1999.

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