The “I Can” Flower

Traumatic experiences can hurt a child’s confidence and self-esteem, but there are ways to begin strengthening it again.

A boost of confidence can come from you! Work together to create your child’s “I Can” flower.

  1. Invite kids to draw their face at the center of the flower.
  2. Encourage kids to choose a petal, do what it says, then color it in.
  3. Help kids say the Muppet’s “mantras” (“I can calm myself down.” “I can give myself a hug!” and so on) out loud, taking a few deep belly breaths before each statement.
  4. Along the stalk, write a few words that describe things the child can do (draw, be kind, ask for help, jump, and so on). When you’re both finished, hang up the flower in a place you can see it often!