Healthy friendships are the building blocks of healthy communities!
At URSTRONG, we look at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship. This month, we’re bringing all of our wellbeing themes + our Friendology curriculum together by exploring the importance of COMMUNITY, connection, and a sense of belonging.
As described in this article on the power of community, “The most striking revelation from an 80-year Harvard study of health and aging is that close relationships are what keep people happy throughout their lives, and these relationships with family, friends, and community delay mental and physical decline. These social ties are better predictors of our happiness and longevity than social class, IQ, or genetics.”
Whether you are a teacher or a parent, enjoy our COMMUNITY Freebie – a fun colouring-in sheet that features one of our favourite quotes: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” This invites a powerful conversation with children on the important role they play in their community. No matter what their age, they can make a difference. Let us know how it goes by tagging us on social media or reaching out directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are incredibly grateful for our community of URSTRONG Schools and the many partnerships we have formed over the years. We have reached over 1 million kids, parents, and teachers globally and that’s due to every single person who has been involved with URSTRONG since our very first Friendology session in 2009. Together, we are helping raise generations of good friends and we are creating a kinder, more caring world. If you are reading this, we cannot thank you enough. YOU are an important part of our community just by being here! 🙂
PARENTS: Learn our Language of Friendship
Designed for kids in grades 3 to 6 in mind, our Language of Friendship video-series includes 8 videos plus this introduction (above) & a conclusion, mirroring concepts taught in our Friendology 101 friendship skills curriculum for URSTRONG Schools.
Each session is designed for you to watch alongside your child and covers the following concepts:
Session 1: Connecting with the Real You
Session 2: How to Make Friends
Session 3: What’s Normal in a Friendship
Session 4: Healthy vs Unhealthy Friendships
Session 5: How to Put out Friendship Fires
Session 6: Standing up to Mean-on-Purpose Behavior
Session 7: Dealing with an Unhealthy Friendship
Session 8: How to Calm the Butterflies
You’ll also get access to hundreds of resources like helpful articles & activities to continue supporting you and your child on their friendship journey. Let’s empower your child with friendship skills!
–> Get access now by signing up for your (TOTALLY FREE!) URSTRONG Family Membership! This is our gift to you, as we aim to help as many children around the world create healthy, feel-good friendships.