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Friendship Corner with Laura Macfarlane

Date: May 13, 2011 Author: admin Categories: Parent Updates

Our final lifeskill before summer break is perseverance – sticking with something that is new or challenging.

The ability to stick with something challenging or new often takes patience, persistence, resilience, courage and determination.

Have a conversation with your child about perseverance.

Talk with your child about what is easy for them.

Talk with your child about what is hard for them.

Talk with your child about new things that they might consider trying – foods, friends, activities, etc.

Talk with your child about people who are available to encourage and support their efforts to persevere when they are faced with a challenge.

Looking back.

Encourage your child to reflect on a skill they have gained this year. What can they do now that they could not do at the beginning of this school year? This is an opportunity to celebrate growth!

How you can help.

When your child gets stuck, label the situation as an opportunity to persevere – “stick with it rather than give up”. You might remind your child to do one of the following.

Try the task a new way.

Take a break and try again later.

Ask for help if needed.

Take it one step at a time.

Have them remind themselves to stick with it.


The following books promote and encourage perseverance. Consider reading one of them with your child. All of them are available through the San Carlos Public Library.

Try and Stick With It by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed

Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Thank you Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco


Laura Macfarlane, PPSC, MSW