Growing up can be hard! And finding enjoyment in childhood can feel almost impossible when we have to share it with anxiety. Between family, friends, schools, sports and learning skills to beat anxiety, parents and children often forget all the wonderful and exciting things that make up childhood. So using an ACCOMPLISHMENTS JAR/List to help remind them of successes and discoveries they have achieved throughout the week can be useful.
Accomplishments Jar or Accomplishments List holds pieces of paper where one writes down their accomplishment in bright colors or on bright paper to liven up the celebration. The jar is placed in a common area or the list is posted on the fridge where the whole family can see! The jar/list should be filled with accomplishments, ‘actions’, and not compliments, ‘subjective’. As instructed by Dr. Sarah Haider, the Director of Training at Renewed Freedom Center.
You may ask; what can you do when it’s been a rough week and the accomplishments jar is low? And I say; this is the time to be creative. Below is a list called GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED. This list is a cool tool to exercise turning your child’s lessons into accomplishment. For example: When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. Accomplishment-Jane combed her own hair for school today. Here is a fun challenge for you. Take a moment and turn the below list into accomplishments.
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED
- No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
- When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
- If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back; they always catch the second person.
- Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
- You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
- Reading what people write on desks can teach you a lot.
- Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
- Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac.
- Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time.
- School lunches stick to the wall.
- You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
- Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
- The best place to be when you are sad is in Grandma’s lap.