Kimochis® Family Challenge #1: Make it a point to learn and use people’s names when you are on the school campus. It is easy to forget names! When you do, “fess up” and tell people when you have forgotten their name (this makes it easy for others to tell you they’ve forgotten your name!). We would like everyone on our school campus to know that they are recognized by name and that their presence is important.
Kimochis® Family Challenge #2: Inspire everyone in your family to be friendly by saying hello, giving smiles, making eye contact, and inviting others into your conversation when at school, home or visiting others. This will send the message that there is room for everyone on our campus. Loop back at a family meal to share both your observations and experiences of other’s friendliness toward you and your friendly new efforts.
Kimochis® Family Challenge #3: Seek to connect and partner with people you don’t know well. For example, if you are walking with a group of parents, make it a point to walk with the parent who is the least familiar. Encourage your child to request play dates with classmates that they don’t know as well as others. This is a positive way to practice getting along with children they don’t know well.