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.
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.
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.
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