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By GreatSchools Staff
What it means: To work well with other people.
If your child says: “It’s not fair you get to decide how we build the Lego tower. I want to do it my way!”
You can say: “How about you and your friend cooperate? You can build this area over here, and he can build that area over there.”
What it means: To care about other people and how they feel.
If your child says: “My sister is such a baby! She always cries whenever she hurts herself.”
You can say: “Your sister looks like she’s really sad. We have compassion for each other in our family. You can show your sister compassion by asking her if she needs help.”
What it means: To keep trying to do something until you succeed.
If your child says: “I give up! I’m never going to learn to swim. ”
You can say: “I’ve seen you have real persistence before. You thought you wouldn’t learn to ride a bike, but you kept trying, and now you know how. You can do the same with swimming.”
What it means: To behave well and control your behavior, even if you’re sad or mad.
If your child says: “I hate Roberto! He’s always taking the ball away from me at recess.”
You can say: “I know you're really mad at Roberto, but you showed self-control. You didn’t hit him or yell at him. That can be really difficult to do when you are angry.”