I have some kids that are struggling with self esteem. Kids that for whatever reason, are not feeling 100% great about themselves. Sure, all of us make mistakes, and as adults, we may be a little bit more forgiving of ourselves.
But what about those kids that think they can never get it right? Maybe their impulsivity or re-activeness is consistently getting the best of them. Maybe they are trying hard to make friends, and find themselves on the outer edges, excluded, or even picked on.
This week, I took an activity from our anxiety workbook and showed some of the kids what a True List was. I had them list all of the good things they know about themselves. Maybe it was traits such as smart, funny, loyal, friendly, persistent, resilient, kind, patient, etc. Then we talked about which one of those traits they might erase if they had a bad day or someone was not being nice to them. The answer of course, was none! These great things remain, no matter what happens. I encouraged the kids to keep their lists and add to them, as a reminder of who they truly are and how no one else can take that away.