Ideas of how to carry on building your child’s Unlimited potential at home:
• Create a family Coat of Arms. Talk about what makes up your family: the people, what you enjoy, where you come from and special memories you share. Every family will be unique in its own way and that is great! Celebrate your uniqueness by filling in each section of the Coat of Arms with words or pictures of what makes your family special. Click here to view the Coat of Arms worksheet.
• Keep a Self-Esteem Journal. Each day write or draw 2 or 3 positive moments from that day. For example: Something I did well today is…. Something I did today to help someone else was…. I felt good about myself when…. Use this either for your child’s own record of great things happening each day, or to start conversations at home.
Click here to view a sample journal.
• Create an ‘All About Me’ sheet. Talk about what makes your child special. Celebrate their achievements and point out good things they may not have thought of or noticed before. Fill the sheet with a selection of ideas of how they are unique and brilliant. Click here to view the All About Me worksheet.
• Build an achievements tree. Paint, build or draw a tree with several leaves available to stick onto the branches. Each time your child feels they have done something well or you notice something great about them, write or draw it onto a leaf and stick it on the tree. This is a great idea to stick on the wall in your child’s bedroom or in the kitchen where everyone can see it. Alternatively, go on a woodland walk together and find a branch to secure in a bucket of stones at home. You can then attach the paper leaves to the actual tree. Click here to view the sample trees and a leaf template.
• Fill in an Anger Map. Anger can be like a balloon. If we keep it inside, we can end up exploding! Think about ways we can let out our anger safely so that we do no explode and hurt ourselves or other people. Talk about what sort of things make us angry, what happens to our bodies when we are angry? How could we use our anger for good? How might our anger affect other people? What would be a good way to deal with our anger when we are at home or at school? Click here to view the Anger Map.
• The best way to deal with our worries is to talk about them. Regularly ask your child if there is anything worrying them. Ask them who they would like to talk to about this. Be prepared that it might not be you! But that’s ok – the important thing is that each child gets to talk to someone they feel comfortable opening up to. As your child grows in to a teenager, this person is less and less likely to be you, however it is still important that there is someone they can talk to.
• Provide a note book.We can write or draw our worries as an easier way to start a conversation. If your child doesn’t want to talk, find them a nice note book they can use with some blank and some lined pages. Maybe leaving notes for each other rather than talking face to face would be easier for your child to express their worries?
• Think about how to be good friend. Take a look at these friendship qualities and decide whether they would make a good or a bad friend. What do you need to do to be a good friend? Chose two things that you can do every day for a week to help you become a better friend. Click here to view the Friendship worksheet.