In only his second month in his new school, Benedict jumps to a conclusion without knowing all of the facts. He thinks his new friends would purposely not invite him to the class Halloween party. Instead of asking for an explanation, he decides revenge is the best tactic. He tries to ruin the Halloween party by dumping most of the snacks, and even decides to keep one bag of pretzels for himself. He is questioned by his friends and soon realizes that he misinterpreted the situation and acted foolishly, thus finding himself needing forgiveness from the Eggs. Their forgiveness frees Benedict and the others which allow all of them to put the past behind them and enjoy the party.
When we forgive someone, we give them and ourselves an opportunity for a fresh start.
What’s this activity about?
Conflict resolution and problem solving, creating an acronym
What supplies do I need?
Magazine or internet pictures, paper, pencil, crayons
The Good Eggs resolved the conflict with Benedict by pointing out his error, while at the same time, accepting his apology and offering forgiveness. They helped him see the situation from a new perspective.
With a parent or friend, look for pictures on the internet or a magazine of people in conflict (quarreling, fighting over games, toys, etc.) Use your imagination and write a short paragraph about the picture, explaining what the argument is about, and then how the conflict can be resolved. Offer two or three different solutions. Make sure the feelings of the characters involved in the story are discussed. The story must end with forgiveness.
The Good Eggs did not berate Benedict but remained calm and used kind words to teach.
Then, create an anagram - write the word FORGIVENESS vertically on a piece of paper in bubble letters. Come up with positive words for each letter that relates to forgiveness, e.g. F is for friendship, O is for others, R is for respect, and so on. Color your anagram in bright colors and hang it up for all to see!
For forgiveness to be fully effective: it must be freely given and freely received. There cannot be any strings or stipulations attached.
For forgiveness to be fully effective: it must also be sincere and genuine. There is nothing fake about true forgiveness.
Forgiveness cannot just come from the lips, nor can it be limited to the mind. True forgiveness must come from and flow through the heart.
When your child sees you forgiving, they will do the same.
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