Friendship Ninja Mindfulness

Activity Glossary

Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

Objective

Do you sometimes find it really hard to sit still and focus? Are you someone who has trouble getting to sleep because you have wayyyy too many thoughts racing around in your head?

All of us have trouble relaxing and staying focused at times – even grown-ups! (Right, parents!?) Just like how our bodies need movement, our minds need to be still. If our brains never rest, they get all swirly and whirly and stop working well!

Doing mindful activities give our brains the break they need. Mindfulness is a practice that helps us to relax, focus and just be in the present moment, right where we are. It can also help us to visualize the best version of ourselves. Mindfulness can help us to focus on a thought or feeling and get comfortable with it too.

At URSTRONG, we know that it is important to be kind to ourselves and others. However, we also know that this can take a little practice. Practicing mindfulness exercises can help you to be calm and kind and also help you to grow stronger and more resilient…even in those Mean-on-Purpose moments.

Key Outcome

Your child will learn to calm their mind and feel strong through a mindfulness script focused on resilience.

 

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