It has been more than 3 months now that parents and children have been under stay home orders across the state and nation to help limit the spread of Coronavirus. In efforts to keep communities safe, school and extra-curricular activities have been stopped. The negative impact it can have on youth and teens is great, as their entire academic and social routines have been interrupted for an extended period of time. Many parents are dealing with the emotions of their children missing graduations, dances, sport competitions and their old way of life. However, parents can be empowered to still encourage positive youth development in the midst of this 6 month period until schools open back up!

The 4-H program, a part of the University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, released an article identifying four key and simple things parents can do at home to promote positive youth development.

  1. Belonging — provide caring relationships and safe spaces
  2. Independence — help your child see themselves as being able to shape their own lives
  3. Generosity — give opportunities to practice serving others
  4. Mastery — engage your children in learning

Read the full article here for more examples and information! Let’s take back the summer together as a community and see these long summer days as opportunities to see children grow and learn!