Make copies of this page and leave the stack in a place where parents can take them.
When adults display confidence and optimism for a better future, children naturally feel more secure. Parents and children can read this poem aloud together, using the icons to tell who reads what.
As they share these important ideas that children need to hear, parents are helping children build reading confidence as they point to and read aloud the same three words: “We got this!”
The lines in the poem are all crucial strategies for children to remember:
- Breathing deep and stretching tall. (These are strategies that children and parents can do anywhere, perhaps as a morning routine.)
- Remembering it’s not your fault. (It’s very common for any child to think that a bad thing happened because of something they did.)
- Finding help and having hope. (Remind children that it’s brave to ask for help, and that having a sense of hope and optimism can keep their families going.)
- Hugging tight and holding close. (Nurturing touch goes a long way in helping children feel safe and loved.)
- Remembering it’s not forever. (Children benefit from remembering that their situation is just one page in their family’s story. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes the case that parents and children are separated. If you, as a provider, are reading the poem with children, you might end with the phrase, “It will get better.”)
Parents might think of other ideas they would add to the poem, and write them on the back (they don’t have to rhyme). They can read the poem together again and again. If possible, they can display it in their space, or fold it to keep in their wallet or with their belongings.