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Challenge Growth - Part 2 of 5

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

Fostering Positive Relationships in a Trying Time Using the Developmental Relationship Framework 5 Part Series

By: Tanvi M., Halton Youth Initiative Website Team

April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is a challenging time for everyone. It may be intimidating, however, during this time, adults should continue to strive to build developmental relationships with youth while they are in quarantine. According to research by the Search Institute, when young people experience developmental relationships with adults such as their parents or educators, our negative risk-taking behaviours are lower, our outcomes are better, and we are more likely to thrive in life. Search Institute’s article, Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis, provides a checklist and outlines 5 main relationship building steps including; express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power and expand possibilities.

Challenge Growth: Push me to keep getting better

Another method is to challenge growth and help someone flourish and improve. An important factor in strengthening relationships is to help them to grow as a person. Occasionally, they might not feel motivated to achieve a goal, but having somebody encouraging them can inspire them to try their best.

Be a mentor for them by:

  • Showing them that you understand things are difficult but establish that you expect them to continue to work. Help them in maintaining and improving their quality of work.

  • Assisting them in learning and developing new skills and focus on topics that they may have had trouble with.

  • Encouraging them to help others (ex. parents, siblings, friends, neighbours) and be involved within their community.

  • Urging them to set SMART goals (ex. school, work, personal) and assist them by helping them when they need it and monitor their progress.

As a student, my school has shifted to an online learning environment and platform. With the help of my teachers, who provide us with learning opportunities, and my family, who have helped in the transition to online learning and a different learning process, I am well-equipped to succeed.

Graphic credit - Tanvi M.

Kids Help Phone is always available for support at 1-800-668-6868 and

Youth in Halton also can contact ROCK Online at

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