Responsibility is a Gift

It’s that time of year again! The holidays bring forth bright music, family traditions, and of course…gifts! There are so many gifts exchanged this time of year, which is why we often refer to it as the “season of giving.” There are usually lists, budgets, and maybe even some stress involved. Let’s put “those” gifts on hold for just a moment and think about giving other gifts this year; the gifts of responsibility.

Responsibility comes in so many shapes and sizes, and it is what Ask, Listen, Learn is built upon. Responsibility is the trust that you give a student when you leave the classroom or a child when you run out to do a quick errand. It is the conversations that you have that can help reduce peer pressure, reduce bullying, and encourage smart decision making. It is the extra time you take for those special kids who need a few extra minutes, kind words, or a different point of view. And responsibility is YOU!—modeling responsible behavior during the holiday season and beyond. Think of it—RESPONSIBILITY—as the gift that keeps on giving!

Throughout the year, the Ask, Listen, Learn program strives to give you—educators and parents—the information you need to encourage kids to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking. Join us this holiday season as we celebrate the many ways to give the #GiftOfResponsibility. We will be sharing our ideas about what it means to share your gifts (or should we say “GIFs”?!) with others during this season of giving.






To paraphrase the Grinch, “It comes without ribbons, it comes without tags. It comes without packages, boxes or bags.” This is the gift of responsibility. Give it freely this season!

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from the Ask, Listen, Learn Team