A Morning Without Yelling


Poppy struggles with big feelings. Big feelings build when Poppy is tired, worried, or when she has to solve a problem.

Poppy is learning to look at problems differently.

By turning a challenge into a puzzle she has to solve, she is able to work with the people around her to find a solution and keep big feelings from growing.

Does this sound like you?

Monday Morning Struggle

Wendel and his Dad don’t look forward to Monday mornings. They are often running late and there is lots of yelling.

What if they try to solve this problem by planning ahead?

Maybe Monday wouldn’t be so bad.

Activity 1

Think of a problem you or your friends or family have had to solve. What was the problem? Draw 5 solutions to the problem. Make 2 of them super silly.

Activity 2

Sometimes when people are trying to solve a problem, they use a pros and cons list ( `pros’ are positive things about a solution, `cons’ are negative things about a solution). Make your own pros and cons list that you can use when you are trying to make a decision or solve a problem.

Activity 3

Have you ever read a book about a mystery? A mystery is just another way of looking at problem solving.
Think of a problem you and your family had to solve – can you turn it into a mystery?

Let’s make a plan!

What are some ways we could solve a problem?

The Plan Example

What’s the problem?

Taking turns playing video games

How can we solve it?

Everyone gets to choose 1 game

The Plan

  • Everyone gets 30 minutes

  • Everyone gets to choose 1 game

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