As you probably already know, some friendships are good for us and some friendships – not so much. It’s so important to understand that friendships and relationships are a choice. You’ve gotta get picky about how you spend your time and ensure you’re setting the bar high for yourself and making choices that are good for you. This session will teach you how to tell the difference between those healthy and unhealthy friendships. We’re gonna take a look at YOUR friendships too and determine if they’re good for you or not.
Grown-ups, I found in my research that kids don’t do this naturally. They accept the good & not-so-good into their worlds. We want children, starting at a young age, asking themselves ‘ Is this friendship – is this relationship – good for me?’ so that the child your with doesn’t do this for the first time when they’re 16 years old and in a romantic relationship. We want them creating those social boundaries in their lives now…with their most intimate relationships now, which are with their friends. On that note, let’s get started.
This session is focused on helping children recognize the qualities and attributes that help to create a healthy friendship, strengthening their social-awareness. Through the Friend-o-meter, a visual tool that helps children think about whether a friendship is healthy or unhealthy, students start to create social boundaries in their lives and recognize that not all relationships are good for us. This session gets kids thinking critically about their friendships, helping to paint a picture in their mind about what great friendships look like and the importance of surrounding themselves with people who have a positive impact on them.