Stop, drop and go with the flow


When Wendel’s Dad needs them to hurry and get ready, Wendel doesn’t want to stop drawing.

Yelling isn’t making Wendel get ready any faster–maybe they can try a different approach and work together.

Does this sound like you?

Even parents lose their cool sometimes

Wendels’s dad has just remembered an appointment they have, and they need to leave now!

Wendel is drawing, he doesn’t want to go.

Neither of them are very happy. How can they make this situation better? Maybe if they work together?

Activity 1

Draw me a picture of something that made you upset.

What did everyone around you do?

Maybe this picture can give everyone a better understanding of how you feel.

Activity 2

Here are some situations that make Poppy upset. How should she react?

  1. Poppy is watching TV with her friends, and they all want to watch a show she doesn’t want to watch (it makes her scared). What can she do?
  2. Poppy was looking forward to a carrot sandwich for lunch, but when she gets to the table, it’s a cucumber salad. How should she react?
  3. Poppy loves playing by herself on Saturday mornings, but this Saturday her family has plans. Poppy won’t be able to play because she has to get ready. Poppy is not happy. What can she do to keep the big feelings from exploding?

Activity 3

Sometimes parents need to practice managing their emotions.

What are some suggestions you can think of for them when they get upset?

Let’s make a plan!

What are some ideas of things we could do next time we start to feel big emotions come?

The Plan Example

What happened?

Too tired to play with friends after school.

How did I react?

Get in fights with my friends, cry and get angry.

What can I do instead?

  • Take a break after school before playing with friends.

  • Get a snack and have some quiet time.

  • Take a break and walk away!

Now it’s your turn!

Did you follow the plan? How did it go?

  • Click on the Poppy video that best describes how it all worked out.
  • Don’t forget, plans take practice. Sometimes they work out the first time, sometimes it takes a couple of tries. The important thing is your trying and that you’re working together.

? Yes to success!

? Maybe nextime