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Stretching Myself

 

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You can help your child think about taking appropriate risks through this fun activity.

An important part of resilience is being comfortable taking healthy, appropriate risks (things like taking a challenging class, making a new friend, trying a new activity. NOT riding a bike without a helmet or sharing personal information online!) When your child takes a healthy risk, she learns to stretch herself and to use her skills and strengths to reach a goal or overcome a challenge. You can help your child think about taking appropriate risks through this fun activity.

Start by tracing your child’s body on a large piece of construction paper (or on paper bags cut open and taped together). Ask your child to lie on the paper with her arms outstretched as if she was reaching high so the outline shows your child stretching. Next, work with your child to draw pictures, write words, or glue pictures from magazines inside the outline of herself that capture a healthy risk she wants to take and healthy risks she has already taken. For example, if your child would like to stretch herself by trying out for a part in the school play, you could draw a picture of the character or paste a photo from online. Fill in as many different ways your child wants to stretch herself as possible and then, whenever she accomplishes one (for example, trying out for the play – even if she didn’t get the part) put a star next to it. For older kids, you can keep a list or create a scrapbook, rather than drawing the outline of their body.

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