Importance of Positive Peers and Caring Adults in Teen Development

Date: August 27, 2013
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension Kent County, 775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Contact: Holly Tiret, tiret@anr.msu.edu, 616-336-8998

Positive Friendships

Adolescents can encourage each other to care about people, meet high standards, and participate in constructive activities. A variety of friendship experiences teach teens how to build successful relationships, handle conflict and contribute to the lives of others. This session is intended to help parents facilitate their teen’s social development by encouraging positive friendships. We will discuss ways for helping teens develop interpersonal competence in areas such as friendship making, resisting destructive peer pressure, and applying positive interpersonal values and behaviors.

The objectives are:

  • Explore the relationship between teen development and the role of friendships.
  • Identify ways to encourage positive friendships – including positive dating friendships.
  • Explore ways to help teens build interpersonal skills and meet typical relationship challenges.

Caring Adults

A network of responsible and caring adults, in addition to parents, provides an important external assets that contributes to healthy adolescents development. Adults such as neighbor, youth workers, advisors and leaders of youth organizations, coaches, business people, teachers and religious leaders can serve as positive role models for teens. This session is intended to help parents strengthen the adult connections in their teens’ lives to promote healthy development.

The objectives are:

  • Explore the relationship between adult support and teen development.
  • Identify types of adult relationships and the contributions that adults make in healthy teen development.
  • Identify ways to help build a network of adult connections for individual teens, and ways to advocate for all teens.

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