When we’re faced with a challenge, our first inclination is to take the easy route to address it. But in doing so, some people discount the impact of those actions in the long term.
What could be more affirming than telling your child, “Good job!” “I’m proud of you” or “You are smart!” Well, as it turns out, these type of encouraging messages may not be so helpful as we think.
We make a lot of decisions every day. They have a huge impact on our happiness and success. Yet most of us never question whether our decision-making process is flawed.
Trinity Hopkey is an inspiring young woman and a role model for good character in the Norwalk Community School District (NCSD). She is the co-founder of the NCSD Fellowship of Christian Athletes, participated in the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Youth Leadership Institute, volunteered at
Help students understand the importance of connecting to other individuals. Develop connection strategies and provide an opportunity for students to practice connecting with others.
Help students understand the importance of intentionally seeking out opportunities for community service and how those acts will impact the community.
The bottom line is the kids are watching us and they are copying–the good, the bad, and the very ugly things we say and do. Just in case you need any proof here are a few things our children pick up from watching us.
From our guest contributor, Michael Josephson. Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass
Mistakes have a negative image. So we hide them, play the blame game, or beat ourselves up when they occur. In fact, these actions compound our mistakes by creating stress and anxiety, damaging relationships, squandering time and money, and most importantly, often causing us to repeat the same mishap over and over again. The truth is, mistakes aren’t inherently bad –– what counts is how we view and react to them.
This lesson exposes students to the research illustrating the benefits of gratitude, and suggests activities to help students develop a habit of expressing gratitude.