Listen to Your Cheerleader


Sometimes the voice in my head isn’t very positive. Sometimes it tells me I should just give up. Sometimes it reminds me of everything that could go wrong.

I am learning to listen to my inner coach so I can be my own cheer leader-Go Poppy!

What does the voice in your head say?

Emmet’s All Feathers

Emmet does not want to play dodge ball in gym class.How can he possibly play? He’s all feathers!

Maybe if he worries less about what the other kids will think he might end up having fun!

It’s OK to fall!

Emmet’s Inner critic was telling him that it was his poopy feathers that were keeping him from catching the ball.

Activity 1

Draw a picture of what your inner coach looks like? Are they a super hero? Are they an animal? Are they a silly character you’ve just made up?

Activity 2

Emmet can’t catch that ball. What should his inner coach be telling him?
a. Try again Emmet
b. Stop. Take a deep breath. Concentrate on what you need to do in order to catch that ball. You can do this.
c. Chickens can’t play baseball!
d. You’ve tried so many times, if you haven’t gotten it at this point, you never will!
e. Imagine yourself catching the ball. I know you can do this!
f. Gulliver is getting tired of playing with someone who can’t catch the ball. Give up already!
g. I believe in you, Gully believes in you. Remember to believe in yourself.

Activity 3

If you had a friend who made a mistake, what would you tell them to encourage them and make them feel better?
How can you show them you believe in them, just like his inner coach?

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?

You missed catching the ball

How did I react?

I called myself stupid

What can I do instead?

I can be kind to myself and remember to listen to my inner coach. I can do this!

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