The thought of standing up for yourself probably instantly gives you butterflies. It’s a skill that needs to be practiced, because kids are not naturally good at it. Not only that, the idea totally freaks us out! But, it’s something we need to get better at and, as you’ve heard time and time again, practice makes perfect. So, let’s talk about standing up to a friend and putting out those Friendship Fires®. It’s important to keep things simple, especially when doing something you’re uncomfortable with. So, here’s how you do it:
- Retell the situation.
- Explain how it made you feel.
That’s it! Those two things are the first step towards putting that Friendship Fire® out!
Another important thing to consider is timing. When is the best time to have this serious conversation? Timing is everything! You want to make sure that nobody else is around because you know exactly what will happen…people will listen in and whip it into juicy gossip! You also do not want to have this conversation if your friend is in a horrible mood or they’re super revved up on sugar. Make sure your friend is in a good mindspace to have a serious chat, otherwise you will just be wasting your time.