A simple project for schools that gives kids a chance to start doing some things on their own.
PROBLEM: Always helping our kids isn't always helping them. As kids' lives have become more adult-structured and supervised, their opportunities to solve problems and make their way have almost disappeared. The result? An increase in anxiety and depression. These social/emotional issues show up at home and in the classroom.
One way kids acquire the resilience and self-control they need to succeed is by doing some things, even negotiating some small risks, on their own. Most of us fondly remember playing outside, walking to school, and running errands. It felt great to be trusted and free!
But in our fearful culture, it is hard for today's parents to let go and...Let Grow. How can parents get brave enough to give their kids a crucial dose of independence?
SOLUTION: THE LET GROW PROJECT
The project is fast and straightforward: Teachers tell the students to go home and ask their parents if they can do one thing they feel ready to do that they haven’t done yet: Walk the dog, make dinner, get themselves to school…almost anything their parents did at their age. The kids can do this project alone or with another kid or kids.
Result? A #LetGrowMoment with enormous repercussions
- Parents who have not been sure when or how to let go now do, as an entire class or even school is doing the same.
- Kids who have been under constant adult supervision discover and develop resourcefulness.
- Parents report that afterwards, they feel exhilarated: Their worries have been replaced by pride and joy in their blossoming child.
- School counselors report a shift in maturity (and calmer parents).
- Kids are ready to do more things on their own – even homework.
- Over half the students report they are happier.
This project helps parents regain the confidence in their kids that our fear-based culture has taken away. Children rise to the occasion and keep on rising!
Below, you can download Let Grow Project Resources including:
- An instruction sheet for teachers
- A letter to send to parents explaining the Project
- A handout for students, including a set of project ideas
- A student worksheet
Also available free of charge are:
- #LetGrowMoment stickers for the students. Click here to order some.
- A survey for parents (we provide your school with a report on the results). Click here to learn more about setting it up.
- Consultations for teachers or administrators by phone or Skype. Click here to reach out to us.
If you would like a Let Grow speaker to present at your school, we have some availability. For this, speaking, travel and accommodation fees do apply. Please click here to reach out to us for more info.
Let go and LET GROW!