STANDING UP TO PEER PRESSURE AND HOW TO THINK FOR YOURSELF
October 15- November 19, 2019
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS 4:30 - 5:40 p.m.
Maximum Class Size 6 Students -Ages 10 and up
Negative peer pressure can cause tremendous stress on kids who just want to fit in and be accepted by the other kids at school. Fear of being rejected, teased, laughed at, or losing friendships can cause anxiety and even depression. What can we do? We can start by helping kids learn how to make good decisions and stand against peer pressure. Developing InnerPower™ teaches three skills for standing against peer pressure:
First, kids must understand their values - who they are and what they stand for. In the first four skills books, they will learn the critical values of self-responsibility integrity, respect, and self-respect and how these values will help them be leaders of their own lives.
Kids decide what they want for themselves. The learn the "four C's of making a decision and then make decisions in key areas of their lives such as cheating, stealing, experimenting with drugs or alcohol, etc.
Kids learn how to recognize negative peer pressure and how to say "no" to their peers and they feel pressure to do something they don't want to do.
October 8, 2019 - The Power of Self-Responsibility - How to Be "The Boss of Me"
Kids learn when they take 100% responsibility for their lives it gives them their ultimate power. They get to choose whom they want to be, what they want to think, how they choose to feel, how they choose to act, and what they want to create - it is their choice. I share the story Victim Victor Finds His Power and help kids learn to be "The Boss of Me. We give kids lots of opportunities to practice so they can learn how taking responsibility helps them be more powerful in all areas of their lives.
October 15, 2019 - Integrity - What You Do When No One is Looking
Next, we talk about the value of integrity or doing the right thing when no one else is looking. Kids learn to trust themselves and others can trust them too when they live their lives with integrity. This leads to powerful self-esteem and self-confidence as they learn that their word matters even if they are the only person who hears it. I share the story No One Will Know Nelson and help the kids learn about the power of integrity. We discuss challenges with integrity and how to handle broken integrity. We will do a very powerful activity that will anchor the impact of integrity for the rest of their lives.
October 22, 2019 - Make Your Mark with Self-Respect - Understanding Your Impact on OTHERS
Kids learn that every time we are with someone we leave "mark" depending on how we treat them. They will learn the importance of the Golden Rule - to treat others as you would like to be treated. It is important for kids to understand the difference between respectful behaviors and disrespectful behaviors.
October 29, 2019 - Make Your Mark with Self-Respect - Understanding Your Impact on YOU
Kids learn about the second half of the Golden Rule that is rarely discussed, and that's self-respect. Having self-respect means giving yourself a "gold heart". It means standing by your values and treating yourself with as much kindness, patience, compassion, and understanding that you would have with your best friend, your favorite teacher, or your favorite relative. Choosing self-respect builds powerful self-esteem. I share the story My "Mark" on Me, and they practice making gold hearts for themselves.
November 5, 2019 - How to Make Good Decisions
When children are born, their parents make 100% of their decisions for them - from what they eat to what they wear to where they go. By the time they leave home, they need to be able to make good decisions for themselves 100% of the time. Knowing what they believe about key issues such as cheating, lying, stealing, using drugs or alcohol, engaging in sexual activity, and cutting class can help kids stand against peer pressure and focus on their goals. This session teaches kids tools they can use to make good decisions and provides a platform for them to make a decision about many of the critical issues listed here BEFORE they actually face them. I share the story Charlie Chooses Charlie to help kids understand the importance of choosing what they want for themselves before they are in a peer pressure situation.
November 12, 2019 - Standing Up to Peer Pressure - How to Say "Yes" to Yourself and "No" to Peer Pressure
When kids know what they stand for, be able to choose wisely for themselves, be able to say "no" to peers and "yes" to themselves it will help them stand against negative peer pressure. I share the story Copy Cat Cathy and discuss the five different types of peer pressure. I also have the kids brainstorm examples for each type of peer pressure, so they can practice, practice, practice. Role-playing is a critical part of developing this skill because it helps kids identify challenging situations and lets them practice how to respond to them.