Two weeks ago we talked about scenarios that would help explain consequences of ones choices. This week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” is somewhat similar. You see, it is important to help our children understand how their actions can affect others. By developing these social skills they will be better at treating others and develop healthy relationships. I’m sure you’ve all had the talk about sharing your toys or inviting other friends to play. But sometimes it can be easier to have a concrete example.
Exercise; Describe the following situation; “A couple of friends are playing football. Harold, who comes out into the yard a bit later, also wants to play. But when he shouts out to the playing children someone answers; – NO, you cannot! We already started playing! Harold walks away…
Ask; How do you think Harold feels?
- How do you think the friend who shouted NO feels?
- What do you think the other friends are thinking and feeling?
- What does Harold look like when he walks away?
- What will be the consequences for the friend for shouting NO?
- Why do you think the friend behaves in that way?
- What choice does Harold have now? What will be the consequences?
- What would you do if you were playing?
Purpose; To investigate the consequences of various actions and to see alternatives and solutions.
Want to experience more? Reading a story, fairytale or book could be a good alternative. It can help children see things from different perspectives and develop empathy, a skill that is important to understand and treat people the way we would like to be treated by them. While reading you can ask different questions and try to create a dialog on different emotions – here’s a good guide that can help you.