By Khadijah Ali-Coleman
Being supportive is often misconstrued as enabling and vice versa. Recognize the difference and make sure that your actions are not labeling you as an enabler.
Enabling does not promote positive youth development. Enabling includes behaviors by youth workers that allow young people to avoid the negative consequences of their actions. It can include :
- Offering a young person a reward incentive they did not earn.
- Allowing a young person who consistently is disrespectful and inappropriate to staff and peers remain in a group setting
- Allowing the youth to come up with rules and consequences as a group and overruling their decisions for some youth who don’t follow them.
Enabling typically is a culprit when a standard has been set and you allow a young person to not reach the standard (though they are able to) but still be rewarded and/or avoid penalty.
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