Developmental Relationships

At Our Kids Network, we believe that positive developmental relationships play an important role in bullying prevention, positive mental health, youth engagement at home, in school and in the community, and social emotional learning.

Information about Developmental Relationships from the Search Institute:

Search Institute has adopted the term Developmental Relationships to describe the broader conception of relationships that is the focus of new research and development agenda. Through their work to date, they have identified 20 actions that make a relationship developmental, and have organized those actions into a framework that is being examined empirically through a US national study that will be released in fall 2014. In the most transformative developmental relationships, all of these actions are bidirectional, with each person contributing to and benefitting from them.

Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework
Five dimensions that really matter:
Express CARE

Family Relationships Matter: The First Six Years is a video that focuses on five simple strategies central to positive child development: Express Care; Challenge Growth; Provide Support; Share Power and Expand Possibilities. In the video, seven families show these strategies in their own unique ways. Click here to view the video. Click here to see 60 second video clips that can be used to communicate and educate about Developmental Relationships in the early years.

Tips and Relationship Builders for Families Every family benefits from strong and healthy relationships with each other. Search Institute© has developed this resource for families, full of everyday ideas and activities for parenting adults. Explore the checklist on Page 5 that will help your family discover what is working and what might need a little more attention. And remember to adjust the activities to the age and stage of your children.

Bullying prevention
PREVNet is a national network of leading researchers and organizations, working together to stop bullying in Canada. It is the first of its kind in this country and a world leader in bullying prevention, using education, research, training, and policy change.

Dr. Debra Pepler is recognized as one of the most renowned bullying experts, both internationally and at home in Canada. Along with Dr. Wendy Craig, she leads PREVNet. Read her blog on healthy relationships.

Positive mental health
Kent Pekel, Ed.D., President and CEO, Search Institute, is an educator and administrator who has worked at the school, district, state, federal, and university levels. In this video, he explains why developmental relationships are the missing piece in education reform and young people's success.

Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. In this video, he offers some revolutionary strategies for developing the child's mind and building kindness and resilience in children, all framed in six steps.

Positive youth development
Internationally known child and youth expert Dr. Jean Clinton has been working with children of all ages and their families for over 25 years. In this video series, she uses common sense and plain language to help parents learn new ways to nurture and maintain positive, supportive relationships with their children as they become teenagers.  A New Kind of Parenting – Raising Kids Ages 10 to 16.

Social emotional learning
“Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years: A Common Message Paper” is a resource that provides health practitioners and organizations with a list of common messages central to healthy social and emotional development. The purpose is to facilitate a shared understanding of the experiences, resources, and protective factors that foster healthy social and emotional development in young children, as well as the knowledge of how this process unfolds.

Data is more than just numbers

The OKN Data Portal is an interactive online database. Users will find community and neighbourhood-level information, demographics, OKN research data on health, safety, education, Developmental Assets®, Census data and more. Use it for planning, funding proposal, presentations, mapping and more.

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Take some time to learn more about how to use the OKN Data Portal, OKN research and other types of resources.

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Halton Parenting Directory

Need help with toddler behaviour? Toilet training problems? Expecting a baby? Want to learn about child development? Looking for a parent support group? Struggling to get your child to do homework? Single parent? Wondering how to handle behaviour?

Halton iparent listings are geared to strengthening parenting knowledge and skills. The services, programs, workshops and seminars listed range from courses for expectant parents to discussion groups for parents of teens.