STEP 1: Reminding her of her positive traits.
- I told her that as she is about to turn 8, it would be nice to remember all the awesome things about 7-year-old Andrea. We talked about 7-year-old Andrea's traits, learnings, accomplishments, etc.
This helped lift her spirits up and lessened any defensiveness and sensitivity she might have to the succeeding steps.
STEP 2; Start - Stop - Continue
I asked her, what should 8-year-old Andrea Start doing, Stop Doing and Continue doing to become what God intended her to be and to be even more awesome.
I gave her an example but she basically took the reigns on this activity. Surprisingly, she really enjoyed this. See a few of her answers below:
STEP 3: Prioritize and Plan
- Ask the kid what's the most important. What would she like to work on first. Then ask the following questions: What steps do you need to take in order to do this? What help will you need from me?
STEP 4: Pray
- Tell your kid that change is always difficult but God can empower us to be the best versions of ourselves all for his glory.