Life Skills

             ***A smile on your face can be felt on another's heart***
              
Respect

•treat others like you want to be treated 
•get to know someone before you make a judgement about them 
•use your manners with everyone: please, thank you, you're welcome,  pardon 
me, excuse me, may I help, yes please, no thank you 
•use kind words 
•understand the consequences for your actions 
•listen to others,  listen with your whole body:  face the person talking, 
stop doing what you were doing, pay attention, make some kind of response to 
the speaker 
•bullies are not fun to be around, don't try to get your way by bullying 
others 

Responsibility

•when you tell someone you are going to do something do it... be dependable 
•Take care of you, don't tattle on someone to keep yourself out of trouble.  
If you see someone doing something harmful, ask them to stop please.  If 
they continue, then get an adult.  
•take care of your actions, don't make excuses or blame someone else 
•use your head, think before you act, don't follow someone's lead if you 
know it is not something you should do 


Trustworthiness

•be a good friend 
•do what is right (it is not always easy to do what is right) 
•follow through with your word 
•honesty is always the best thing

Fairness

•treat others as you want to be treated 
•give everyone a turn 
•speak the truth 
•follow the rules 
•listen to others 
•be responsible for your own actions 
•give everyone a chance

Caring

•help people when they need it 
•be kind and generous 
•be sensitive to others feelings 
•think about how your actions will affect those around you 
•do things that will help before being asked 
•use kind words 

Citizenship

•make your community, home, and school a better place 
•be responsible for your actions 
•participate in your community (home, school, neighborhood, country) 
•be a good neighbor 
•treat others with dignity 
•follow the rules around you 

Resolving Conflicts

•stop, take a deep breath 
•tell what you think the problem is (remember this is your point of view and 
may not be shared by the other person) 
•listen to what they think the problem is 
•discuss a way to solve the problem calmly 
•ask for help if you are unable to agree
 
Other Ideas:

•if you have been hurt, tell that person... it may have been unintended 
•say "pardon me" if you have bumped someone 
•say "pardon me" if you interrupt someone 
•say "excuse me" to clarify or when you are talking 

 Adapted from JVines

Book Titles with Life Lesson Themes
Children Learn What They Live By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy. If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn patience. If children live with praise, they learn appreciation. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal. If children live with sharing, they learn generosity. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. If children live with fairness, they learn justice. If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.