At the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are 2 levels: esteem and actualization. Once we have secured our basic needs, feel safe and secure, and have loving connections that help us feel that we belong, we can better improve our self-concept, grow and develop personally, and begin to thrive.
Noticing and celebrating the people of character around us helps us to more clearly imagine what kind of person we would like to become. The people (and even media) around us can influence us for good or for bad; therefore, we want to surround ourselves with people that are wise, courageous, and full of other positive character traits.
Seeing positive examples may even give us the courage to make good choices, even in the midst of challenges that inevitably arise. We may even be more willing to take risks and strive for excellence. We must be careful, however, to set realistic expectations and not demand perfection from ourselves or others. Striving for our personal best will help us continue to learn and grow, while still maintaining a balance in life, enabling us to feel well and whole.
Try Something New. Students wrote a list in class with a few things that they would like to try but have been too scared to try. Select one of those things and, with the help of a parent, formulate a plan to try that new, scary thing in little steps. Find an expert in the community to help.
Screen Time. Participate with our class and join us for a screen-free week challenge. Aside from homework or necessary screen-time for work, stay off of screens for things like entertainment or fun. Instead, brainstorm a list as a family of all the other activities you can do away from screens. Visit that new park in town, cook a new recipe, or ride your bike to the movies.