To encourage youth and support strong families and communities, try incorporating the Guiding Growth tips below into your daily routine
Practical Principle: Neighborhood Boundaries
Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
- Under the current circumstances, parents are expected to do and be everything. Take this opportunity to remind yourself “it takes a village to raise a child.” Establish a group chat with your neighbors so that everyone can keep the health, welfare, and safety of the kids in the neighborhood a high priority as we all navigate these uncertain times together.
- Stage a neighborhood Olympics. Use college-age young adults as your IOC; Inter-neighborhood Olympic Committee; high school youth as coaches and let the younger children be the athletes. While maintaining physical distancing, host different Olympic events in different neighbor’s yards. While your child(ren) are in a neighbor’s yard, let them monitor behavior, it shows the child(ren) that their neighbors care and gives you, the parent, a hard-earned break.