Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a weekly series of practical tips from the Healthy Peabody Collaborative on how to strengthen the positive relationships that are essential to young people’s growth, learning and thriving.
- When young people seem curious about an activity, topic, or issue, ask questions such as, “What strikes you about this?”
- Introduce young people to a wide range of people, places, ideas, cultures and vocations. Start with the ones they’re curious about.
- Broaden the web of relationships. Connect young people to people who share their interests or can expand their world.
Young people can:
- Take turns with friends trying new foods, music, or outings, based on each other’s interests.
- Introduce friends to people who can help them learn new things that interest them.
Parenting adults can:
- Find ways for your children to spend time with people who are different than your family.
- Encourage your children to try things they might be interested in. Maybe even try it together.
- Demonstrate how what students are learning relates to their interests and to success outside of school and in the future.
- Connect students with educators, other students and community members who can explore with them areas of personal interest and strength.
Youth program leaders can:
- Introduce young people to other cultures, ideas and places that help them discover their place in the world.
- Model being a curious learner by asking questions and sharing what you’re learning in your own life.