The SEL Word for November is PERSEVERANCE.  The meaning: Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition.  A NEVER GIVE UP attitude.

Take a pledge, especially this month, to show your child(ren) how you don’t give up on a task even when things difficult.  Before starting a new task, make sure your child overhears you say, “I’m going to persevere until I am successful.” Modeling the trait is always the best teaching method.  So why not make perseverance your family theme of the month? Make a poster and hang it on your refrigerator as a reminder and then take a few minutes every day to talk about it.  Talks may be centered on lessons in patience, manners, kindness, and goals individuals want to achieve.   


  1.  Take the first step.  Write down your goal and get started.

  2. Gather support from family and friends.  You’ll still have to do the work but positive reinforcement makes a difference.

  3. Maintain your focus.  See yourself achieving your goal.

  4. Review, reevaluate and revise.  What is or isn’t working? What can you do differently?  Should you do anything different?

  5. and last but not least…ENJOY the Journey.  It will be so much for fulfilling when you know what it took to get there. 

We can all make a difference in this World if we just persevere.

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