Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today’s focus skill is compliments. Although the purpose of this skill is to be able to use social skills, it is also a skill to help with perception by being able to look for and notice the positive in others. Especially during stressful situations, it can be hard to notice positive qualities in others. Take time today to:
Share with your child one compliment regarding how he/she has coped and handled the recent changes.
Provide a general compliment related to unconditional qualities/strengths (kind, thoughtful, etc.). Ask him/her how it feels having received the compliment.
Ask your child to identify strengths of each family member. Sometimes, we tend to focus on the things that bother us about others so this is a time to celebrate each other. Because focusing on strengths can be hard, your child might need some help to identify strengths and positive qualities about others.
Notice when your child gives someone a compliment and provide reinforcement (“thank you for saying that, it makes me feel _____”, “It was nice how you complimented _____”).
Please feel free to reach out to us throughout this time away from school. We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy!
Marissa Lloyd, LPCMH