Students Learn About "Relationship Bank Accounts"
As part of our continued focus on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, during Homeroom this past week, students learned about "Relationship Bank Accounts." T
he Relationship Bank Account (RBA) represents the amount of trust and confidence you have in each of your relationships with others.
The RBA is just like the checking account at your bank. You can make deposits and improve the relationship, or take withdrawals and deplete the relationship. As an example, deposits could include- keeping promises, doing small acts of kindness, and being loyal. Withdrawals could include-- breaking promises, keeping to yourself, and gossiping and breaking confidences.
Together, students explored ways they build or deplete their relationship bank accounts including keeping commitments. Keeping small commitments and promises is vital to building trust. You just gotta do what you say you're going to do--otherwise, don’t say you’ll do it. If you tell your mom you’re going to be home at 8pm or that you’ll do the dishes, then do it and make everything you can to keep them. If you find you can’t keep a commitment for some reason (it happens), then let the other person know why. If you’re sincere and try to keep your promises, people will understand when something else comes up. We encouraged students that if their RBA with their parents is low, try building it by keeping commitments. When your parents trust you, everything goes so much better at home. Students paired up with each other to discuss:
- A time when they broke a promise to someone
- A time when someone did not keep a promise to them
- Ways they have rebuilt trust with someone or someone has rebuilt trust with them
In correlation with enhancing their RBA's students talked about specific ways they might group together to enhance a culture of kindness at Roycemore. They discussed giving compliments to each other and identified Simple Acts of Kindness that they might adopt to enhance our school community.
We encourage you to extend this conversation at home with your children!!
Together, we build an amazing community of kindness and care!