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Episode 51: SELF-TALK and Spelunkin’ Donuts in New Zealand!

Episode 51: SELF-TALK and Spelunkin’ Donuts in New Zealand!

Zara and Leo are back with Season 6 of the Big Life Kids Podcast! They’ve gone spelunking, also known as cave exploring. And while Leo looks for glow worms, Zara hears a very strange, very special voice… Find out how to tackle NEGATIVE SELF-TALK, and meet the amazing rugby hero who dug deep and found his inner warrior!

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In this episode, children will:

  • learn how to respond to their own negative thoughts and insecurities
  • discover how rugby champion, Piri Weepu, coped with his negative self-talk
  • understand that they have the power to choose their own thoughts

Discussion Questions

  • What were Leo and Zara looking for in the cave in New Zealand?
  • What did Piri do about his negative self-talk?
  • Have you experienced negative self-talk? What will you say to your negative thoughts the next time you notice them?


      My Magical Words by Becky Cummings
    This book reminds your children that their words have power and how they speak to themselves is important.
      Be You by Peter Reynolds
      An ode to individuality and a lesson to help children embrace who they are.
      I am Enough by Grace Byers
      A great book on self-esteem and being kind to both yourself and others.


        Rewriting Your Negative Self Talk Script - TEDxKids@ElCajon (YouTube Video)
      Watch Dan Brandt and his daughter, Eisley share strategies (and a real-world example) on how to address negative self-talk.
      Thought Bubbles! Mindfulness for Children (YouTube Video)
      This video walks your children through a mindfulness exercise to help them be more aware of their negative self-talk and shows them how to let those thoughts go.
      Automatic Negative Thoughts - Meet the ANT Buddies! (YouTube Video)
      A simple, informative video that talks about different types of negative thoughts and what children can do about them.

          1. Download our FREE Your Words Matter Printable Kit and print our guide on teaching your child to R.A.I.N. on their negative thoughts. This helpful free resource offers a step-by-step process to help children address their negative self-talk.


          2. Use HUMOR to help your child see things differently. Laughing helps to break up the frustration by physically altering your child’s state of mind. It can provide relief and calm in an otherwise too-intense moment. Have your child think of how their negative self-talk would be different if the voice was coming from an alien or robot. Have them act it out.

          3.  Like Piri did in this episode, have your child write down all their thoughts on a piece of paper, then either burn or rip up the piece of paper to get rid of them.



            Produced by Alexandra Eidens and Big Life Journal team. Written and directed by Sarah Cyrano. Sound design and original music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Sound mixing by Mattia Marcelli. Characters played by Sean Chiplock and Ryan Bartley. Managed by Laura Maloney. 


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