Boys Will Be _______ Emotional Literacy Cards
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The affirmations boys need to hear.
For too long people have written off boys’ violence, aggression, domineering, and distraction as “boys will be boys” and shrugged their shoulders. Are we going to continue this pattern as boys come together?
Each card has a set of tags that indicates which themes best fit that card’s quality. The idea is to avoid pulling a card that says something like ‘fun’ while setting the foundation for a conflict resolution conversation—which would likely make you or your youth participants feel a bit confused about what to do with it.
Essentially, the tags offer a way to divide the deck based on its purpose.
Reflecting on Self - Our thoughts and feelings can be hard to hold in sometimes. But if we pause to reflect on our identities, we can appreciate how far we’ve come and envision where we’re going.
Deepening Relationships - Showing others we love them often requires loving ourselves first. If we focus on being better family members, friends, students, and neighbours, our relationships will develop in fulfilling ways.
Resolving Conflict - When we navigate conflict with empathy rather than anger or frustration, we improve our relationships and become more effective at communicating and working together.
Healing - Life is full of ups and downs. If we can face difficult experiences with a commitment to love ourselves no matter what, we build our capacity to meet future challenges with resilience.
Seeking Justice - Some people are targeted for no reason other than who they are. When we look out for others’ wellbeing and stand up for them when they need someone in their corner, we make the world a better place.
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