As adults who work with young people, we understand the importance of showing kids that we care about them. As Teddy Roosevelt reportedly said, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
That’s why Express Care leads the list of our Developmental Relationships Framework.
A developmental relationship is a research-based list of what young people need in order to thrive. These are trustworthy, purposeful relationships that help young people . . .
Expressing care is the foundation of relationships. When we express care to children, we show them that we like them and want what’s best for them.
We show our kids that we care by how we listen, demonstrate warmth, invest time and energy, and be someone they can count on.
A large amount of research supports that young people do best when they experience strong, positive relationships in all parts of their lives. When these relationships happen, they are more likely to show signs of positive development in many areas, including:
It’s one thing to agree these relationships are important, but applying them requires intentionality and thought. So here are nine ways you can express care to the young people in your life.
Do you have ideas to express care? We would love to hear them! List them in the comments section below!