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Set a Strengths Goal

 

Subject: Discovery

Set a Strengths Goal:

To build a strength, you have to practice!

HOW TO DO IT

Pick a character strength that your child would like to develop over a period of three weeks.

WEEK 1

Identify seven concrete goals that will help your child practice this strength. Assign one goal to each day and then check them off as they are completed.

WEEK 2

On the second week, pick seven new ways your child can practice the strength. Complete one goal a day check them off just as in week 1.

WEEK 3

On the third week, once again pick seven entirely new goals to complete throughout the week, complete one goal a day and check them off as in the weeks before. When all three weeks are done, discuss the accomplishment with your child. Feel free to praise or reward them for a job well done!

For example, to develop Creativity, during week one your child can:

  • Sunday – Draw a picture of an animal using geometrical shapes
  • Monday – Pick an everyday object out of a bag (spoon, bottle cap, shoe lace, etc.), and come up with ten different uses for the object
  • Tuesday – Download riddles from the Internet and work together to solve them
  • Wednesday – Put everyday objects in a bag, and ask your child to guess what they are just by touching them
  • Thursday – Give your child a bowl of ingredients (sugar, apple, cheese, etc.), and ask your child to create a recipe with it (and if you’re daring enough — cook and taste it!)
  • Friday – Download optical illusions from the Internet and explore them
  • Saturday – Give your child challenging words to rhyme, and see how many rhymes he or she can come up with in 2 minutes

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