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The Drive Home Show – Car Convos

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!

Got a long drive ahead of you? Are your drive-home convos getting stale? Let’s spice up your chats + learn more about your child!

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Objective

Have you ever noticed sometimes when you jump in the car, your parents ask you twenty questions and you are kinda stuck in the car and can’t escape?!

Sometimes after a long day, answering your parents’ questions is the last thing you feel like doing. You might feel tired and just want to chill out for a minute or two!

So, how do you stop this cycle of frustration and navigate these drive home conversations so that everyone gets something positive out of them?

It helps to remember that, at the end of the day, your parents are just super excited to see you and want to share in the excitement of your day. Time in the car together is actually a great opportunity to connect with each other and have some deep conversations.

Conversations are like a game of catch, they have to go back and forth, and you need to put a little effort in to keep the conversation going. How different would it feel if you made your car conversations a little bit more playful and less predictable? What if you had some interesting conversation topics up your sleeve?

Key Outcome

Your child will practice the art of conversation, plus strengthen their connection with you, in a fun & playful way.

 

Materials

Instructions

  1. Print out the Drive Home Show Convo ideas and add in any additional fun topics that come to mind.
  2. Put it in the car and store it somewhere safe.
  3. When you’re on a road trip or on your way home from school, pull out the list and suggest a topic. Start chatting away!!

 

Next Steps

Have you ever noticed how it takes two people to keep a conversation going? It’s important to ask questions as well + be both interested & interesting. Brainstorm some fun, unique questions you could ask your friends to get to know them a bit better. Share your ideas with your parent.