Leadership and Communication Activities for Kids
It’s important to teach our kids to uplift themselves and others in all aspects of life. Kids should feel encouraged to use their voices to make a difference and help those around them feel good about themselves.
While adults of all ages can benefit from these helpful reminders, we hope these 6 ways to empower others will spawn some great conversation with you and the next generation of leaders!
Practice these activities as a family to help the younger ones in your life celebrate the amazing people in your community.
1. Commend Leadership Qualities
We can encourage leadership qualities from a young age through extracurricular activities like community service and sports, but it’s equally meaningful to identify those qualities in others.
Use this worksheet from Redbubble to help your children identify valuable qualities in others around them. Print out the sheet and read through the questions. Then, identify those who exhibit each quality (like empathy, creativity, passion, and reliability) and write their names in the blanks.
Talk through who you chose for each question and why. Work together to call, text, or write a letter to each person to let them know how much they inspire you.
2. Embrace Vulnerability
Let’s show kids that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. It takes a great deal of courage to put yourself out there and share your opinions, express yourself through art, and tell personal stories. Encourage kids to applaud women they see being brave and cherish it when others confide in them.
3. Practice Genuine Compliments
Another way to help your kids empower women is to practice giving sincere compliments. Teach them to give positive reinforcement based on achievements and qualities rather than just appearances.
Show your little ones how to tell someone why you admire them and how much you’ve learned from them. Practice giving special, personalized compliments with the tips and examples below.
4. Approach Disagreements with Respect
It’s simply impossible to agree with everyone we meet. Even though disagreements can be frustrating, we have to show our kids not to use hurtful words or belittle others. Words hold power, and it’s important to show others respect even if we don’t agree with them.
There are lots of unproductive and hurtful phrases that we might immediately want to jump to during a disagreement, such as “That’s stupid,” or “You’re wrong.” Practice replacing those phrases with more constructive ones, such as “My perspective is…”
Here are some additional phrase replacements to help open a dialogue, listen to the other person, and try to understand their perspective.
5. Exercise Active Listening Skills
Everyone's voice should be heard and respected, so another great way for kids to empower each other is to actively listen to them. Use the tips below when having a conversation and practice maintaining eye contact, resisting interruptions, responding without judgment, and asking questions.
6. Join Forces With Others
With all of these activities, you’ll embolden kids to join forces and build strong relationships with others around them. Here are several other ways that kids can use their voices for good:
Advocate for others - even when they aren’t in the room
Discourage negativity on social media
With these practice activities and tips, kids will learn that they can do small things that have big, positive impacts on those around them. As you encourage these values, you may inspire them to take bigger steps toward equality for all.
Guest Blog Compliments of Hana Rehman with Redbubble