Making Good Choices: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Even if you're a kid, life is full of choices and it's important to make the right ones. In this lesson, learn specific questions to ask yourself to make sure you're making choices that are kind, safe, healthy and will make others proud.

Choices Everywhere!

As soon as you get out of bed, you're faced with choices. What do you want for breakfast? What will you wear to school? Some choices are simple and easy. Other choices are more challenging because they have a big impact on your life. This means they'll affect you for a length of time after you make the choice. It's important to think carefully and ask yourself some questions to decide if a choice you're making is good or bad.

Is it Kind?

Let's say you're at school and you hear people making fun of someone in your class. How do you handle this? You could join in, or you could tell the bullies to stop being mean. Which choice would be kind? Joining in would not be kind, so that's the wrong choice to make. Your goal should be to always make decisions that help others and show kindness.

Do not make a choice that would make someone feel sad or hurt.
sad person

Is it Safe?

We choose activities that we want to do throughout the day. Do you like riding bikes? Or taking walks outdoors? These can be fun choices and ways that you can get exercise and fresh air. When thinking about activities that you would like to do, ask yourself if the activity is safe. If it makes you worried about getting hurt, chances are your choice is not a safe option. When doing a physical activity, avoid being a daredevil and trying things that are beyond your ability.

This would not be a good choice when looking for safe activities to do.
bike rider

Unfortunately, people may try to tempt you to make bad choices. This means they may try to convince you to do something that's not safe. Be strong and stand up to peer pressure. If you know someone is trying to force you to do something unsafe, tell them no and let an adult know that they're pressuring you.

Is it Healthy?

Believe it or not, you make decisions that affect your health every day. Your body needs good food, exercise and lots of water so good choices are important. While that cupcake or soda may seem delicious, will they make your body stronger and healthier? Not at all! Choose vegetables, fruits, and water to drink to have a healthy body.

Make healthy eating choices each day and save treats for special occasions.
healthy food

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