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By: Olivia Kaiser, Spring 2015 Intern
After a week off for spring break, the coaches and the girls were ready to get back at it this week! Unfortunately, the warmth of the beaches some people went to decided not to follow them back and we were left with some ice and snow. But a little bad weather isn’t going to stop us—the 5K is just around the corner! Don’t forget we need race volunteers; you can sign up here!
Learning about Cooperation
Learning how to work well and cooperate with others is a big part of GOTR. In this lesson, the girls learned what it means to be cooperative and how to understand others’ perspectives and keep a positive mindset. To practice cooperation, the girls did a jump rope activity where they needed to work together to get everyone through without one person touching the rope. For some teams this was difficult, but that is part of being a team—helping each other. For their workout, the girls were each given enough lap counters to equal about 1.5 miles. The goal was for the coach to get all of the lap counters back, leaving the girls to work together and encourage their teammates.
Check out this cute animated video that displays some great cooperation!
Standing Up to Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is such a big issue. It can come in many forms, whether it’s good natured or a malicious intent, and it is important for girls to learn about it a young age so they know how to respond. Here at GOTR, we use the SBLR method. SBLR stands for “Stop, Breathe, Listen and Respond.” When the girls feel pressured to do something, we want them to STOP, take five deep BREATHS, LISTEN to their inner voice and then RESPOND. It’s a way for the girls to slow everything down and not make a decision they will regret later on.
The girls practiced the SBLR method by having one coach give them an example of something they could be pressured into and then running to give their response to a different coach. The coaches really focused on having the girls listen to their inner voice and worked on getting them to understand that just because their best friend wants them to do something doesn’t mean they have to.
As depicted in this video from Good Morning America, the time to talk about certain issues with young girls is now. They need to understand what’s wrong and why so that they can respond to peer pressure in a way that’s right for them.
Keep It Going:
At home, talk to your daughter about peer pressure and how they should handle it. Peer pressure is something that happens to everyone, and sometimes it happens without the person even knowing it. Everyone wants to fit in, to be accepted, and to seem “cool” to their peers. Here are 10 ways you can help your child overcome peer pressure.
Next week, GOTR will be focusing on gossip and how to stand up for ourselves!