"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things
~ Vincent Van Gogh
Our Chief Example to Others this month is ‘”Grit? which involves promoting
strength, resilience and perseverance in children. Check out the following for more info.
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
To have “grit” children need to be resilient. This means being able to handle challenges with ease instead of always viewing life as a struggle. Have you ever wondered why some youth get involved in dangerous activities and get trapped, but others continue to contribute to society in positive ways even when they have had to face many difficult situations?
The Search Institute has done some interesting research over the years and they have identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities called Developmental Assets that have a tremendous impact on young peoples’ lives. These assets make it less likely that youth will get involved in problem behaviors and will engage in productive behaviors. This “power of the assets” can be seen across all cultural and socioeconomic groups of youth. You can find a great wealth of information and research for families, communities and schools at:
The assets are grouped into eight major categories for external and internal building blocks that help children and teen’s successful growth and development.