There’s a saying that goes, “Keep every promise you make and only make promises you can keep.” That just about sums up everything you need to know about this month’s Ask Arizona feature. See what Arizona says about the ethics of ditching a plan you made for a better offer. Find the story on pages 40-41 of the October 2017 issue—or read about it here. Then, use the reading comprehension questions and conversation starters below to launch a talk about this sensitive topic.
Recap: Just One Kid in Jackson tells Arizona she had already agreed to baby-sit for some neighbors when friends invited her to see a movie—at the same time on the same evening, and she isn’t sure what to do about it.
An ethical Arizona reminds the letter writer that it’s always best to keep a promise. But she also comes up with several clever and highly ethical ways around the problem that involve planning, sensitivity, flexibility, and strategic thinking.
- Have you ever promised to do—or not do—something? What was it?
- Name the person you made the promise to, and tell me what you said when you made the promise.
- Did you keep or break that promise? Describe what happened.
- Is it OK to make a playdate and then cancel it for no reason? How about when you’re sick? To make another playdate?
- How would you feel if a friend made plans with you and then canceled those plans to play with other children?
Reading Comprehension Boosters:
- Why did Arizona, Tex, and Indi decide not to be three peas in a pod for Halloween?
- Arizona said she was “about 10 feet taller” than Tex and Indi. Do you think Arizona is actually that much taller? Explain what she may have meant instead.
- What solution did Arizona come up with that would allow her to trick-or-treat with her siblings and go to Stephany’s party?
- Name some of the “gruesome games and creepy snacks” Stephany had at her party.
- How did Arizona suggest that Just One Kid handle her situation?