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Boundaries and Expectations | External Asset

Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best.


The Six Boundaries and Expectations Assets: 

  • Family boundaries—Family has clear rules and consequences, and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.

  • High expectations—Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.

  • Positive peer influence—Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.

  • Adult role models—Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.

  • Neighborhood boundaries—Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.

  • School boundaries—School provides clear rules and consequences.

Everyday Asset Building Tips:

  • When setting boundaries for someone else, explain the values behind them.
  • Talk together about how to establish family rules and consequences

  • Treat all people, regardless of age, with respect

  • Be a positive role model in a young person’s life

  • Respect teenagers’ privacy, but take interest in their friends and activities