When creating the KidsCo curriculum, we knew that building strong hearts in our KidsCo kids was something that would provide that extra sense of purpose, beyond helping parents raise the next generation of awesome.
We believe every child is born with a superpower, and in our business of fun, we are out to empower, support and teach these kids to unlock this power and thrive today and in the days to come. In many cases, resilience is a special ingredient to ensure the best chance for our little superheroes.
We know that taking annual leave in the school holidays can be extremely tedious and for some parents, it’s just not an option. However, for the kids, while most will say “it’s the best day ever” (true testimony), they won’t realise it, but they are learning to become resilient and happier people.
Resilience has become a major talking point in regards to the younger generation and their future in a world that is becoming more and more technologically connected and yet humanly disconnected.
Why is resilience more important than ever?
With mental health rates in Australian children and adolescence at the highest level ever recorded, and 70% of current jobs to be made redundant by the year 2040, it’s pivotal that the kids of this generation learn the skill of bouncing back from adversity. As more jobs become automated, the differentiating human factors of empathy and emotional literacy are going to be more important than ever.
What KidsCo activities practice the GEM model?
The GEM model is the integration of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness into everything we do, including our programs.
Every KidsCo program includes an activity called “Warm & Fuzzies”. The kids create their personal Warm & Fuzzy bags, completely designed by them so you may see a banana or a unicorn one. The kids all write messages to each other with ones of thanks, appreciation and friendship being shared. In writing these kinds of messages, the children are learning to think about others and their feelings (empathise) and what actions those people did or words they said that they are thankful for (gratitude).
We always incorporate meditation or yoga into our programs two times a day, for 10 minutes, as a way of introducing and practising mindfulness to the children. We make sure our yoga is fun and follow a storyline that the kids will enjoy but still reap the benefits. While not all the children are disciplined enough to meditate for the full duration, exposing them to the stillness and the idea of meditation for 20 minutes helps with their focus and involvement for the remaining part of the day.