Here at HALO, February is all about teaching our youth self-discipline. Self-discipline is one of the most difficult life skills to master, but the Learning Center provides several lessons and activities to help turn our youth in to self-discipline experts! One way to think about self-discipline is as the ability to overcome weakness, and the ability to do what's right even when there are temptations not to. Self-discipline is difficult because it is something that you have to practice and a choice you have to make over and over again. This is something that takes time for our youth to develop, but we have already seen so much progress.
When we talk about self-discipline with our youth, we like to talk about different ways to collect ourselves, stay in control of our emotions, and act with discipline even when we are frustrated. Lessons like these help our children with many problems that they may face at school or in their future.
Once our youth have a solid understanding of what self-discipline is, we like to include activities that allow them to put it in to practice. One of our favorite activities to help with this is teaching the kiddos how to make stress balls. This lets them make something on their own and then keep it with them to help them when they feel they are losing self-discipline.
Our youth also get to work on pointillism paintings, which take a lot of patience and self-discipline to perfect. Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are used to create patterns and form an image. As you can imagine, creating a painting out of small dots takes time. This is a great opportunity for our kids to focus on staying disciplined and in control of their emotions. Not to mention, the paintings always turn out so amazing!
We are so proud of our youth and the self-discipline that they are developing. If you are interested in offering support to our youth through life skills lessons follow this volunteer link: https://haloworldwide.org/volunteerathalo/