WEEK 28: HOW DO YOU THINK THEY FEEL?
“Why are you so _____?”
“This is boring!”
We’ve all been there. Your child blurts out a thought that has popped into their head without realizing that it could be hurtful.
They have not yet learned to sift their thoughts through an invisible social filter in the front part of their brain. This filter will help them to determine what thoughts are OK to verbalize and which should remain in their heads. Since their frontal lobes are still developing, they will make social faux pas. We can teach them to think about how their words affect others and therefore keep their unkind thoughts to themselves.
This week the Puppet Kids learn to ask the question:
Should I say this thought out loud, or should I keep it inside my head?
If the thought might hurt someone’s feelings, then they should keep it inside their head.
When kids watch these scenarios play out, they can see from the outside how some comments can be hurtful. Hopefully, they will learn to stop, think and engage their own social filters in similar situations.