BLOG: WHEN THINGS DON’T GO MY WAY
Our kids experience hard things every day. Plans change, disagreements occur, and mistakes happen. Challenges may be unavoidable, but how they respond to those tough situations can make a big difference.
Resilience has an impact on how well kids adapt to adversity or stress. Building resilience is a lifelong process and is something that even adults need to tend to intentionally. We can help even young children, by giving them strategies to address difficulties such as feelings of anxiety, sadness, or emotional pain when unexpected or undesired events occur.
This week the Puppet Kids are faced with a variety of challenges. They experience uncomfortable feelings, but instead of completely falling apart, they learn to calm down and then make a choice about how to respond, such as:
- Find a bright spot in the midst of the situation.
- Try to understand the other person’s side of the story.
- Ask “how big is the problem?” If it is a small problem they can find a solution and move on.
- If they make a mistake they can just try again.
When you watch these videos, you might recognize similar responses with your own children. You can talk with them about times they have felt like the Puppet Kids and brainstorm ways to respond to future disappointments like leaders. The poster might be a great visual to refer to when kids are making choices of how to respond when things don’t go their way.
This week of lessons includes four scenario videos that you can watch with your students Monday through Thursday with follow-up questions for class discussions. Kids can join Coach Carl on Friday for a fun brain break to help them calm down in stressful times.
This week also includes a Simple Summary video in Spanish. This is a recap of the target skill for children learning Spanish.