WORKBOOK FOR CHILDREN: My superhero and me

Creative and educational materials can be a useful companion to respond to children’s needs, but also facilitate parenting. To this end, the authors are professor Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, clinical psychologist – psychotherapist, Ana Raguž, MSc of Psychology and Krešimir Prijatelj, MSc of Psychology prepared workbook titled “My superhero and me” volume 32 pages intended for children of preschool and primary school age. In the workbook, children will get acquainted with the world of emotions through the world of imagination, their interests and desires, their understanding will be encouraged, and they will explore and find adequate ways of coping.

The workbook is available for free download in PDF at the link here: My superhero and me (PDF)

We enclose it as a series of photos that you can scroll to below this text and print them out.

Isolation measures have been in place for several weeks. We try to respect them, we stick to them resolutely. Although it is becoming increasingly difficult to explain to children how long isolation measures will last, when they will be able to go to the park again, hang out with peers, go to school/kindergarten and the like, we try to be better parents in the given circumstances.

Establishing new routines – is crucial and strengthens psychological resilience these days

Parents worry about overwhelming their children with their emotions and worries, wondering what information to share with them, what explanations are adequate, how to fill the day in the best and most productive way. There are many worries and challenges facing parents

In order to achieve the given discipline and adhere to the measures, we can, in the best of intentions, inadvertently focus exclusively on prohibitions – the words “I can’t and I may’t” can be spoken more often than the words “I can and I may”. Instead of not being allowed, we say what we are allowed to do, instead of what we can’t influence, let’s focus on what we can. We can make a schedule, rest, listen to music, practice, come up with new games, talk. Establishing new routines – is crucial and strengthens psychological resilience these days.

Children need to know what they need to do, what their day will look like, it gives them a sense of security. Encouraging a sense of empathy, togetherness and solidarity with supporting and accepting feelings, comfort, tenderness and love empowers both adults and children, and the experience of meaningfulness gives us the wind in our backs. Understanding the purpose of individual behaviours is a key step in maintaining them. In other words, if children understand why they stay at home and take care of themselves, they are much more likely and more likely to do so. And this does not mean that we will not encounter difficulties because children just like adults (even if they do not call it words!) Feel anger, sadness, frustration, confusion, helplessness, boredom and many other pleasant and unpleasant emotions. The role of adults is to make it easier for them, to comfort them, and this is not an easy task, especially when we are in a situation where we feel the same way.

Be a companion to the child in filling out the workbook “My superhero and me”

Creative and educational materials can be a useful companion to respond to children’s needs, but also facilitate parenting. To this end, we have prepared a workbook called “My superhero and I” for preschool and elementary school children. In the workbook, children will get acquainted with the world of emotions through the world of imagination, their interests and desires, their understanding will be encouraged, and they will explore and find adequate ways of coping.

Also, there are two handy tools in the workbook: a daily / weekly activity planner and a diary that serve as tools for planning the structure of the day and rewarding. Children are more motivated when, with the help of their parents, they participate in the design of their work tasks because they have a more pronounced sense of self-efficacy, and thus are more likely to adopt and maintain these behaviours. You design the desirable behaviours in this workbook by yourself – we called them supermissions.

The workbook is available for free download in PDF at the link here: WORKBOOK: My Superhero and Me (PDF)

We enclose it as a series of photos that you can scroll to below this text and print them out.

By performing daily tasks, children win badges that serve as motivators and incentives for desirable behaviours that we highly value these days. Badges need to be cut from the back pages of the workbook.

Completion of the planner and diary is scheduled for two weeks, and if necessary, you can continue to print diary sheets and badges for the child. After seven successfully collected badges, together fill in and give the child a commendation and design a prize – it can be a joint game, making pancakes or other fun activity that the child enjoys.

The workbook is filled with a rhythm that suits the child and you, and the topics can serve as stimuli for conversation. Ultimately, the goal is for children to begin to recognize and value behaviours that are desirable on their own – superheroes, and you explore their needs together. By accurately identifying needs, we can respond more readily to them.

Be a companion to the child in filling out the workbook, explain and explain to him if he does not understand something, check with him what he wants to do independently and what together. Most kids will want you to follow them on their superhero missions.

The coronavirus pandemic is a (very likely) unrepeatable unique experience and these days we are all superheroes as hard as it may be for us to believe that fact.

The crisis is an opportunity for growth and learning as well as the development of superhero traits / skills that will surely benefit us in the future – even if we do not realize it now.

And when all this passes, and will pass – we will be richer for at least a little empathy, solidarity and resilience.

Parents these days, along with their children are truly superheroes, no doubt.

 

Enjoy adventures with your little ones!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy.   

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