10/29/20: Yancey County EYFP kicked off our fall cohort this Thursday. We had one committed family and we had a blast! The transition to virtual programming was an adjustment but we felt like we were getting the hang of things toward the end. Our youth enjoyed playing the candy game – we decided to test their listening skills at the end, and to our surprise they remembered all three things about each one that participated! In both the youth and caregiver sessions we discussed how much growth takes place in an adolescent’s life and how much they will change through that period of time.
Mom surprised us during the “Joyful/Frustrated” activity when she described what her kids do that bring her joy. She quickly stated, “I love that they enjoy doing things for others.” We discussed the importance of this statement and what a reflection this was on her as a parent. When introducing the 5:1 ratio we put ourselves in different scenarios and how they made us feel.
When someone was negative, argumentative, and harsh, we all felt exhausted, flustered, and just awful. When we turned the statements around and made them positive, the attitude was better all around. We also added in that body language says a lot when we communicate with others too. Often times when talking, we can come off as uncaring, unconcerned, etc., just by the way we stand, hold our bodies, and maintain focus.
The family was excited to begin working on their family motto project. Once we defined what a motto was the kids ran off camera excitedly. They were dragging out the posterboard and markers as we were saying our goodbyes. We are looking forward to seeing what they create together!