The umbrella skills help us get through life’s rainy days and frame the opportunities which come our way. Over the course of February, we have worked together to identify how to build your child’s sense of purpose.

Answer these three quick questions for yourself and then repeat the exercise for your child.  Total up the score to take a snapshot of where your child’s sense of purpose is right now.

  1. My life has meaning. Score:  0, 1, 2, 3
  2. I believe I can have a positive impact. Score:  0, 1, 2, 3
  3.  Life to me seems exciting. Score:  0, 1, 2, 3


Scoring system: 

0 – Very seldom or not true of me

1 – Seldom true of me

2 – Often true of me

3 – Almost always true of me



0-3  Your sense of purpose has started to develop.  Actively look for ways to practice this important skill.  Here are two places to get started: Help your child identify strengths to build purpose, Purpose is an action word.


4-6  Keep working at it.  Your sense of purpose is growing.  Here are a few places to gather more information about building a sense of purpose: This is how difficulty can help guide us to our purpose, Ask your child ‘why’ to build purpose.


7-9  Your sense of purpose is well developed.  Keep it up!