Seggourney, Reggie, Greggory, and Megg (the Good Eggs) are trying to figure out why the new Egg, Benedict, is so anti-social and appears to be so angry. They are trying to understand his situation in order to help him. Finally, after some time, they found out that Benedict was sad because he had to move due to his dad getting a new job. Luckily, Reggie went through a similar struggle when his family first moved to Albumen. Reggie was able to use his past experience to make a connection with Benedict. The rest of the Eggs listened and offered advice, too. In the end, Benedict found love and support in his new friends because he got to share his story. His new friends listened and understood.
The best way to understand is to first listen. When we listen, we stand under. When we stand under, we can truly understand.
What’s this activity about?
Creating a story of a someone who is reluctant to talk about something that is bothering them for fear of not being understood, then role playing with a friend to work it out.
What stuff do I need to do it?
A piece of loose-leaf paper, pencil, a friend, some imagination to create a story (or use a real-life situation)
Benedict was reluctant to share his story of moving but when he did, he felt so much relief.
Create a story about someone scared to share something bothering them because of fear of not being understood. You can use a real-life situation if you like. It might be about moving (like Benedict), or a bad grade, family situation, or a conflict with a friend. Write it down.
The Good Eggs knew something was troubling Benedict and took the time to care and understand him without first judging his actions.
Read your story to your friend. How would he/she handle the situation you wrote about? Let them talk to you about their ideas.
Be a Good Egg!
Flip the script! Have your friend write a story that requires understanding and role play the situation. How would you handle it? Situations might involve a friend who is sad because of a family situation (divorce,
death), a friend who feels left out of groups, a friend who is upset or scared of a bully, etc. Try your best to be understanding of your friend and even offer some happiness and advice!
Parents: Visit The Good Eggs’ website to see how we handle understanding! https://www.thegoodeggs.org. You can subscribe to our parent blog, listen to more podcasts, check out our social media, send us a message, and even watch some Good Eggs animation!
Sometimes, in an effort to console another, we might use the phrase, “I understand what you are going through.” Through past experiences we may have some knowledge of similar circumstances which can be helpful, but can we ever completely understand the place and situation of another? We may be able to sympathize or possibly even empathize with another, but we never really stand in their shoes. We may be able to relate to another’s feelings in some way, but because we are individuals, we don’t all think and feel in exactly the same way.
When a situation arises, try to think about truly understanding someone's perspective or needs, and share that experience with your child. They will emulate you the next time they need to use some understanding, perhaps with their friends.
Visit The Good Eggs’ website for more information! https://www.thegoodeggs.org. You can subscribe to our parent blog, listen to more podcasts, check out our social media, send us a message, and even watch some Good Eggs animation!
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