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Inside Highlights May 2017

Dear Highlights on hanging out with friends, self-consciousness, and making choices

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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This month, kids gain insight into playing with friends when you have asthma, worrying too much about others’ opinions, and choosing activities based on skill, ability, and interest.
Dear Highlights: May 2017

You can read the letters to Dear Highlights on page 42 of the May 2017 issue—or read the recaps below. Then, use the prompts that follow to connect with your child on these issues.

A Highlights reader said he feels sad and left out because he can’t play sports like the rest of his friends, due to asthma. We replied that he might seek medical advice about sports he can play, find other activities he and his friends can share, and feel like a member of the team if he keeps score or referees when his friends play sports that trigger his asthma.

Q’s for your kids:

  • Did you ever sit out a game because you were tired, ill, or couldn’t keep up with the action?
  • What was wrong, and how did you feel when all you could do was watch?
  • What would you do next time to spend time with your friends and take care of your health at the same time?
A fan from Ohio wrote that he constantly worries about what other kids think of him. We reminded him that everyone is different. We urged him to make a list of his strengths and favorite character traits, noting that it might help him gain confidence and take pride in who he is.

Q’s for your kids:

  • When was the last time you doubted yourself or worried too much about others’ opinions?
  • Do you think other children you know sometimes feel the same way?
  • How would you know they are worried about what other kids think of them?
  • What are your greatest strengths and things you like best about yourself?
  • Why is it important to remember your strengths and maintain a positive state of mind?
A South Carolina reader says that she loves soccer. But her parents and coaches think she would have a knack for track and are encouraging her to try it out. We suggested that she weigh the pros and cons of each sport, consider her options, and consult with her parents and coaches to come to a careful, thoughtful decision.

Q’s for your kids:

  • What are your favorite sports and activities?
  • Which are you best at?
  • What helps you excel?
  • What holds you back?
  • Have you ever decided against playing a sport or activity because you thought you wouldn’t be good at it?
  • What could you learn if you gave it a try?