What a wonderful opportunity I have with the lower school students each Wednesday. Along with Meredith Frejio, our JFFS Intern, I have been able to explore some important life skills with the students.
As we visit each and every classroom, we are able to tailor the subject to be age appropriate. The teachers have been wonderful with incorporating these lessons into their daily lesson plans as well.
I would like to begin offering the parents through the newsletter an opportunity to read/learn about these skills as well. That way, if your child utilizes one of these concepts at home, you can receive and support your child’s efforts. I personally, use each and every skill in my daily life to make sure that these are doable and effective.
This week we learned about dealing with Frustration. I introduced The Frustration Triangle. This is a concept that comes from an author William Mulcahy. The idea is that a triangle has 3 points, and each point represents something that each of can do to deal with our frustration. First we name it, we actually state what is frustrating us. Then we tame it. Taming our frustration allows us to use our Chill Skills a concept that I have been teaching the students each and every time we meet. Each of us has one or two things that we can do to chill or tame our frustration. Chill Skills may be counting to 10 slowly, breathing a relaxing breath for one minute, stretching, reading, or taking a walk. The point is to practice your chill skills a lot so you know exactly what to do when you need to tame your frustration. Lastly, we reframe it, we put our frustration in a positive light.
Ask your child for an example of how they used The Frustration Triangle this week to see it in action!
If you would like to learn more about this week’s subject, or have any parenting issues you would like to address, please feel free to attend my weekly parenting class every Thursday morning at 9:00 in the library (following Chaya Leah’s amazing Parsha class).