The Candy Necklace:
This card reminds me of a candy necklace, so that’s where I always start my conversation. We talk about our favorite colors and flavors. Depending on then child’s answers, I will decide what Smart Choices Image Card to show them. It may be pill bottles, just the pills or BOTH on the entire card.
I would like to share some Helpful Hints:
- Household medications-We chat about medicines, when have taken them, and that it is mom and/or dad and/or their guardians job to give medicines to them . We discuss childhood illnesses if necessary.
-Parent/Guardian-I usually ask if their child is allowed to get their own snacks and juice. I then advise that they should never allow their child to get their own medicine and that they always need an adult.
-DO NOT SWALLOW- I have worked this conversation in depending on the previous with the message. Plan B is that if they DO put medications in their mouth without their parents consent that they should NEVER swallow.
-Sick, Death, Hospital, etc- this is a natural conversation with all of the previous conversations.
***I have 5-10 "go to" cards in the Smart Choices Image Card deck. As of late, most of my students have been between the ages of 4 and 10. I like to think ahead so I usually pull a secondary set of images to prepare for conversations they may be come in handy to think outside of what my original plans are.
The process in which I teach, plus the images, are approved by the parents/grandparents. I like to ask the parents before our meeting where THEY see a concern and they almost all say "firearms". It’s not until I show them my pre selected stack of cards that ”light bulb” goes off, and the realization that they are not guiding their children through as many opportunities as they thought.
Shelley is the creator of Smart Choices, a public speaker, and a supporter of THINKING AHEAD. Smart Choices BLOG is a mixture of stories, Q & A interaction, new thought provoking ideas, guest BLOGS/videos, and MORE!