NOTE: As with every workshop in this topic, these activities can benefit both kids and adults, individually or together, one-on-one or in groups. Depending on who you’re working with at a given time, adapt or omit activities as you see fit—you know your kids and families best!

Trauma can destroy a child’s confidence and self-esteem, but there are ways to begin strengthening it. Big and small goals encourage little ones to look to the future, rather than staying focused on the past. Having confidence in one’s ability to learn and grow is a powerful force in healing and allows kids to build a sense of hope for the future. In this workshop, parents and kids can look forward—and move forward—with hope.

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    I Can Do It


    First, watch Abby Cadabby stick to her goal in this video, “I Can Do It.” With Sophia’s support, she begins to remember and believe in her power to reach her goal. Then say:

    • Abby wanted to turn her pumpkin into a coach. What would you like to do?
    • What do you want to learn about? What would you like to learn to do? What do you want to get better at?
    • Let’s say it together like Abby did: “I know what I want. I can figure it out. I can keep trying.” (You might add, “I have what it takes. I’ll get there.”) Let’s imitate Abby’s hand gestures as we say each sentence. (Kids learn with their bodies!)
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    Creating Feelings of Strength and Confidence

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    Getting out of the “thinking brain” and dropping into one’s body can change one’s state of mind. Demonstrate this simple yoga pose, “tree pose,” with kids (and grown-ups!) using these printable instructions.

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    I Can Flower

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    Grown-ups can boost the confidence of little ones, working together to create an “I Can” flower.

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    H Is for Hope

    Finally, for your own additional exploration of the topic, plus for parents and caregivers who want to learn more, print and distribute this article, “H Is for Hope.”