Zara and Leo are hosting a hop-on, hop-off boat tour around the Caribbean islands, but things are getting a bit out of control. Learn how to let go and have fun, even when things don’t always go the way you want to them.
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In this episode, children will:
- Learn how to focus on what they can control
- Travel to Haiti
- Meet Edwidge Danticat, a professional writer
- Waiting is Not Easy by Mo Willems
- I am Peace by Susan Verde
- I’m in Charge of Me! (The Best Me I Can Be) by David Parker
- Hidden Figures (2016) PG Based on the true story of three of the first Black women at NASA, these “human computers” helped send the first American into orbit. The story teaches that when you have a grand vision, your success starts with the right mindset.
- Cars 3 (2017) PG No matter how old you are, you always have more to learn; regardless of your gender or what you look like, you should be allowed to compete and reach for your dreams!
- The Color of Friendship (2000) NR This Disney Channel Original Movie is set in 1977 and tells the true story of two girls: Mahree, the Black daughter of a congressman from Washington, D.C., and Piper, a white girl from apartheid South Africa. The two end up learning more about each other's countries than they could have ever imagined.
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1. The Circle of Control poster can help your children overcome disappointments and frustrations, and focus on the problem-solving instead.
2. Encourage your child to practice growth mindset affirmations, and remind them that putting forth effort and trying different solutions will help them solve the problem and reduce their stress.
3. Encourage journal writing (or journal drawing for younger kids). Check out the Big Life Journal 2nd Edition for children ages 7-10. This beautiful journal is filled with encouraging stories, space to draw, and fun writing prompts. It’s designed to help children believe in themselves and cultivate a growth mindset.
- Leo was worried about something he had no control over — what was it?
- How did Edwidge feel after learning about her heritage and culture?
- What is something you can focus on that is within your control?
For Parents and Teachers
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- How to Use the Big Life Kids Podcast Together with Big Life Journal
- 5 Essential Steps to Help Children Cope with Stress
Produced by Alexandra Eidens and Big Life Journal team. Written and directed by Sarah Cyrano. Sound design and original music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Sound mixing by Mattia Marcelli. Characters played by Sean Chiplock and Ryan Bartley. Managed by Laura Hernandez.
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