Throughout the Girls on the Run (GOTR) 10-week program girls are taught many valuable lessons. The curriculum is designed to inspire girls to define their lives on their own terms. These lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.
Many of the lessons taught in Girls on the Run can be implemented not only in our children's lives, but in our own lives outside of GOTR. Here are three things I learned as a mom from Girls on the Run. I'm excited for the day when my girls are old enough to participate in Girls on the Run, but until then we will continue to work on these simple but effective GOTR lessons.
Activate your Star Power
Inside each one of us is your one-of-a kind Star. That Star shines bright and strong when we make positive choices and feel positive about ourselves and others. Other times clouds will diminish the Star’s brightness when we are discouraged or experience negative self-talk. It’s important to recognize when your Star is cloud-covered and implement strategies to move those clouds away. For myself that could be mean getting some exercise, going to a quiet room by myself, or talking with a friend.
Stop and Take a BrThRR
Stop and take a BrThRR is a strategy that encourages girl to Stop, Breathe, Think, Respond, and Review when a girl is overwhelmed with emotions or is faced with a difficult decision. This allows the girls to clear their minds and make better decisions for themselves. I may get a difficult email at work or have a child at home who is not listening to me. My first initial reaction may be to get defensive or yell but by stopping and taking a BrThRR I’m better able respond in a manner that is professional and respectful.
Emotions are either comfortable or uncomfortable
At GOTR we address emotions as either being comfortable or uncomfortable. Emotions are not good or bad, but rather we address them based on how they make us feel. For me it’s important to recognize what emotions I’m experiencing to help shape my response to a situation or to help identify what triggers certain reactions.