Adults shape the way infants and young children think, feel
and act.

Establishing warm, enduring family relationships when children are in the first six years of life will help them thrive later on.

Relationships Matter
Healthy relationships with young children have long been considered key to children’s healthy development and emotional well-being.

The developmental assets framework identifies five essential actions and twenty action steps that you can use as a parenting adult in your relationships to help your children grow well. They are foundational to family life.1
Many relationships can include these actions such as siblings, peers, neighbours and other caring adults.  

The video, Family Relationships Matter: The First Six Years, focuses on five essential actions 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.

There is no right or wrong way, but being intentional about it will build great relationships with children.

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 target 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.

Five essential actions that really work:

Express CARE
Expressing care is key to family strengths. When we care for each other, we show that we like each other. And we want the best for each other.®
60 second video clip 
60 second video clip (babies)
Parenting relationships also challenge our kids to grow, learn, and improve. We hold them accountable and guide them in positive directions.
60 second video clip

Children need their parents’ support in many practical ways. Providing this support helps young people stay on track to learn, grow, complete tasks, and achieve goals.
60 second video clip 

At its heart, “sharing power” highlights the ways we influence, learn from, and work with each other through our relationships.
60 second video clip 

We help each other grow in our families when we look to new possibilities. This involves trying new things, going new places, and meeting new people.
60 second video clip 

More detailed information about the five actions from Search Institute.

Facts about family relationships and stats about Halton families.

You'll find more information, a short quiz on each action to get you started, and tips for success at

If you're working with families, you'll find more information about Developmental Relationships and positive child development in our Asset-Building section. Click here for individual 60 second video clips that can be used to communicate and educate.

1 Bringing Developmental Relationships Home Copyright © Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN


Halton iparent

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.

Halton 7

boy drawing

Our Kids Network has identified seven conditions of well-being needed for children, families, and the community as a whole to thrive. These conditions are known as the 'Halton 7'.
Learn more