Helping YOURSELF is helping, too!
The kids at Kinderwood, the Kinderkids, are working on solving problems using cooperation and imagination.
All people — even animated characters — are working on something!
When children identify things about themselves that they want to work on, they are getting to know themselves. They can consider:
- Are there habits that I’d like to develop?
- Are there new skills I’d like to learn?
- Are there social goals — like making friends or sharing — that I could achieve with practice?
Each person is amazing in many ways, and the possibilities for self-improvement and self-help are limitless!
Parents, caregivers, and educators can help kids to achieve their goals by helping them set goals … and then helping them work toward achieving them.
Parent/Caregiver Tip: A vision board is a tool to help you visualize your goals. You can make one, too! When you talk with a child about YOUR goals, your honesty and vulnerability strengthens your bond with them and helps them to feel safe to express their wishes and goals with you.
- Large paper or cardboard, images from magazines, printed photos, and other art supplies
- Let’s make vision boards to help us achieve our big goals!
- First, let’s each think of something about ourselves that we would like to make better. Do you want to be a good friend or learn a new language? Could I exercise more or learn to play the guitar?
- Next, let’s look through old magazines for images to cut out that represent our goals and what it will feel like when we achieve them. We can include words and pictures — anything that inspires us to work hard to achieve our goals. We can also draw pictures! Let’s be sure to include a photo of ourselves feeling happy and proud!
- Let’s arrange and glue or tape the pictures onto a large piece of paper or cardboard. Let’s decorate our vision boards and hang them someplace where we can see them regularly as we work toward our goals!