Strengths and Optimal Youth Health

The deeper we look into anxious youth, the wider the circle becomes to include numerous aspects of health: physical health (movement), educational health, financial health, nutrition, spiritual health (whatever that might be), environmental health, relationships, and emotions. Discovering your parenting strengths and your child’s strengths can improve your child’s optimal health and the health of your family unit by improving their relationship and emotional health.

When teachers and administrators are asked what is a key component to optimal youth health and success, parental involvement is always at the top of the list. “Parent”, may be a grandparent, foster parent, older sibling, aunt, caregiver – whomever is caring for the child.

  In the article, The Enduring Importance of Parental Involvement, NEA Today, LILY ESKELSEN GARCÍA AND OTHA THORNTON, discuss the importance of engaged parents at school and most importantly, at home. A fact that has not changed in decades. “Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.”

Garcia and Thornton go on to say, “the most significant type of involvement is what parents do at home. By monitoring, supporting and advocating, parents can be engaged in ways that ensure that their children have every opportunity for success.”

What better way for parents to tune into their kids than to assess their kids strengths and also their parenting strengths. Put this into play right away!

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