Support is the theme for October

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Welcome to October and the Asset category of Support.
This week we will look at the number one and number two Assets.
Number one is family support, when family life provides high levels of love and support.
Our data from 2009 shows our youth ranked themselves at 67 percent. The 2013 data shows 75 percent.
This is good news as the numbers are headed up and that it is exciting to show progress.
The second Asset is positive family communication, when a young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).
Our 2009 data shows the ranking at 34 percent, while the 2013 data shows the current percentage at 44 percent.
To our 2009 data, I say, yikes.
The upward trend is great at 10 percent, but there is so much more room for improvement. If your vehicle worked well 66 percent of the time, would that be OK? We still need to make some strides, so hang in there.
I remember reading one time that you should never talk to your spouse any less respectful, than you would talk to your best friend. I hope we can extend that thought to include our children.
I go back to the demonstration we have called, A Day in the Life of A Teen.
It makes you think about the tone you set for the day with your kids. The day I saw the activity with my own eyes, made me fully engaged in the departure of every family member from our house.
Life is short, so make sure you start every day with some kindness.
Gandhi said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.”
The tone of each day starts with you, whether that is in your own mind as you start the day, with your family, when you arrive at work, or throughout the day as you embrace a task.
We can’t remain the same and expect everyone else to change first.
It is one of the reasons we start off the year with the Change of Heart program. It teaches youth to make better choices and know that even though they might not get along or agree with everyone, they can treat everyone decent.
It also reminds them that if they have made poor choices in the past, they get a clean slate every day. Guess what? You get a clean slate tomorrow too. So if today you weren’t so great to be around, try to do a better job tomorrow.
Like Maya Angelou says, “When you know better, you do better.”
If you would like to see the, Day in the Life of a Teen activity, just give us a call.

Assets In Action is sponsored by the JJAB and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.