FLEXTALK FRIDAYS

Just for Kids

Teachers: use these videos to spark a conversation in the classroom every Friday. Then share this link with parents so they can continue the conversation at home!

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Topic #1: Bullying

Key Points:

  • Bullies bully to feel strong. They’re just kids, and they probably don’t feel very big in their world.
  • Bullies bully to feel cool. They sometimes do it just to get attention.
  • Bullies bully to feel better about themselves. Deep down inside, bullies are insecure people.
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. List a few things you’ve noticed about bullies. Why do you think they do it?
  3. Who are the bullies at your school? Why do you think they bully?
  4. If you could say anything to a bully, what would you say? Why don’t you say it?
  5. We learned 5 thing about bullies. What can you add to the list?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #2: Self Control

Key Points:

  • Self-control is all about controlling your own actions and not just doing whatever you want.
  • You can have self-control by being nice to your brothers and sisters or by being careful what you eat.
  • If you get really frustrated or annoyed, try taking a time out.
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever lost control? What happened?
  3. If you have ever lost your temper, how did that help you? Did it hurt you or someone else?
  4. Does it matter to control what you eat? Why?
  5. How can having good self-control help you? Give one example.
  6. How can having poor self-control harm you? Give one example.
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #3: Winning

Key Points:

  • Real winners never give up.
  • Real winners aren’t sore losers.
  • Real winners are good losers.
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Do you think you would have given up if you were in Jordan’s shoes? Why do you think he didn’t give up?
  3. Describe how a sore loser acts. What did Jordan do to prove he wasn’t a sore loser?
  4. How can we have the strength to act like Jordan did when bad things happen?
  5. Next time you lose at something, how can you prove that you’re not a sore loser?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #4: Attitude

Key Points:

  • Your attitude is the one thing you can always control.
  • Good attitudes are a habit.
  • The attitude you develop as a kid will follow you through life.
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Of all your friends, who has the best attitude?
  3. Give yourself a grade on your attitude. What kinds of things do you have a good attitude about? What do you usually have a bad attitude about?
  4. Explain what it means that good attitudes are a “habit”. Write down three things you can do to develop a “good attitude habit”.
  5. Name some adults who have a good attitude. How has that worked out for them in life?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #5: Wisdom

Key Points:

  • Being wise and being smart aren’t the same thing.
  • Anyone can be wise; wisdom isn’t just for old people. Wisdom is knowing what’s right and acting on it.
  • One example of wisdom is knowing that vegetables are good for you, so you eat them. Another is knowing that bullying is bad, so you don’t do it.
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Who is a really smart person you know? How are they smart?
  3. Who is a really wise person you know? How are they wise?
  4. What is the difference between being smart and being wise?
  5. Why is being wise important?
  6. What are some examples of being wise in your life?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #6: Drugs

Key Points:

  • There’s a lot of reasons people do drugs, but no reason is good enough.
  • Drugs do lots of bad things to you. 
  • Be on the lookout and stay away from people who want to give you drugs.
  • Drug problems start the first time you try drugs. So don’t try them!
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Kids: Make a list of the five things in this video. Try to do it from memory.
  3. Adults: What else do you think kids should know about drugs?
  4. Adults: Do you know anyone who has a drug problem? What has it done to their life?
  5. Kids: Do you have any questions about drugs? Do you think anyone will ever try to give them to you? What will you do if that happens?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #7: Patience

Key Points:

  • When you are patient with other people you try your best to understand them and listen to them before you talk.
  • A great way to stay patient when you are getting annoyed is by taking a deep breath and counting to ten before you do anything.
  • The best way to get better at patience is to practice!
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Who is someone that makes you impatient? Why?
  3. Why do you think it’s hard to be patient when people are bothering you?
  4. Why is patience so important?
  5. Can you think of someone who is really patient? Why do you think they are so patient?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #8: Courage

Key Points:

  • Courage is about facing your fears even when you want to run, and there are plenty of things that might make us want to run.
  • Making friends when you don’t know a lot of people – like if you move to a new town – can take courage.
  • Standing up for what’s right, like protecting someone being picked on, or telling the truth when it would be easier to hide or to mind your own business, takes courage.
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some things that make you want to run away? Scary movies, bugs, homework?
  3. Has someone you know ever shown a lot of courage? What happened?
  4. What are times when you have had courage instead of running? Tell the story!
  5. Is there anything you need to have courage in right now? Why does it take courage?
  6. Why do you think the world would be a better place if everyone had courage?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #9: Grumbling

Key Points:

  • Nobody likes grumblers and complainers.
  • Grumblers find something to complain about, good or bad.
  • The worst thing is that if you hang out with grumblers, you’ll become one!
Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Who is the biggest grumbler you know? What do they always grumble about?
  3. What do you think your parents grumbled about when they were young? What do YOU grumble about?
  4. What are some of the bad things that can happen when we get in the habit of grumbling?
  5. What is the opposite of grumbling? How can you do THAT more?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.