Tool to teach kids emotional maturity and values(4 Posts)
I was wandering whether the mums out there think there is a need for a tool to help with teaching kids positive thinking and kindness (along with other values).
I have an idea in the form of an activity card that parents could perform together with their parents in order to practice saying nice things about others.
I hope it could be an anti-bullying tool as well and I was hoping for any suggestions/ideas/comments on whether anyone thinks this would be useful or where they might like to find something like this.
Help is much appreciated!
Sorry that was for parents to perform with their kids!
Personally, I'm not entirely convinced: children pick up our values and world view from all the interactions they see us modelling, every day over years and years - I'm not sure an activity could compete with that.
And people have been using story telling for years to supplement that/make it more explicit. You could look at developing some books with values in mind - but you do still need to make it a great story in order for children to engage.
Although most of the values which are considered important in our society will have made their way into existing books. Perhaps some kind of index that helps parents find books which show a particular value for each age group would be helpful?
There is also something called 'social stories' which are used with children with autism. They show a social situation (like getting frustrated at school) in pictures, and with accompanying text to explicitly explain the situation, how people might react, and how best to deal with it. Google it and you'll see an explanation and lots of examples.
Perhaps that idea could be adapted for all children - especially younger ones. And it would certainly be a tool that could be used to counter bullying.
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