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Episode 12 - Big Life Kids Stories: Izayah’s Hospital Trip Made Him Stronger!

EP 12 - Big Life Kids Stories: Izayah’s Hospital Trip Made Him Stronger!

Zara and Leo are on a mission to hear from YOU! Find out more in our mini-episodes as Big Life Kids from across the world tell us about their amazing adventures!

In this episode, Izayah from Connecticut in the United States tells us about the challenges he faced when he hurt his finger and went to the hospital, and how the experience made him stronger.

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In this episode, children will:

  • discover how challenges make them stronger
  • be inspired by Izayah, our listener from Connecticut, USA

Supplemental Resources


  • Turn to Chapter 6 "Challenges Make You Stronger" in the Big Life Journal Second Edition. In this chapter, children will brainstorm solutions for a challenge they are facing, draw the tree of life (which demonstrates they have a strong support system), be inspired by motivational quotes, and much more.

Big Life Journal - Challenges Make you Stronger

Podcast Activity Kit PDF (ages 5-11)


1. Create an I Am Strong Like a Tree poster (in the Podcast Activity Kit) to help children think of loving adults, teachers, friends, thoughts, and values that keep them standing strong when facing challenges.

2. Use the "50 Positive Phrases to Build Resilience in Kids" printable (included in the Resilience Kit) for daily encouragement to improve your child's confidence. Hang this printable in a visible place where you can see it often and choose 1-3 new phrases to say each day.

3. Bring the "Top 30 Children's Books on Resilience" list (included in the Resilience Kit) with you on your next trip to the library or bookstore. Ask your children to pick one book they would like to read next.

4. Use the "In or Out of My Control" activity (included in the Resilience Kit) to prepare your child to face negative situations. Explain there are things they CAN'T control, such as opinions, behaviors, and words of others. Instead, they CAN control how they respond. 

5. Use these "Affirmation Lunchbox Notes" (included in the Resilience Kit) to create lunch box notes with empowering messages. For older kids, snap a photo of a note and send it to them via text message. You can also use the notes to assemble an affirmations poster and put it up in your child's room.

6. The "Find The Positive In Every Situation" (included in the Gratitude Kit) activity will help your child find the positive in a seemingly negative situation. It's all about perspective. 

    Discussion Questions

    • What did Izayah have to do to heal from injuring his finger?
    • What's a challenge that you have overcome this year?
    • How did you overcome that challenge?

    For Parents and Teachers


    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 Kait Bibb.

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