Every day, we’re faced with choices: how we’ll act, what we’ll say, or what decisions we’ll make. Most of the time, those choices have consequences. Doing the right thing may earn us a reward; doing the wrong thing can get us into trouble.
Even though we usually know the right thing to do, it can be challenging to follow through.
- Have you ever tried to do the right thing, but were distracted and couldn’t finish? What happened? (Answers may vary.)
It might seem easier to keep our promises if there’s a reward on the line. In the video you’re about to watch, a bunch of young kids were given the chance to win an exciting prize if they promised to stay completely still even when faced with distractions. Let’s see how successful they are.
Play the video for the students [6:56]:
We Challenged Kids to Stay Completely Still | Don’t You Dare | HiHo Kids
- Do you think the prize the kids were competing for was good enough to entice them to forego the distractions? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)
- You’re all older than the kids in this video. Do you think you’d have trouble staying still that long? Which distractions—including others besides the ones they showed—might have pulled you away? (Answers may vary. Be prepared to share something you have a hard time saying “no” to.)
For the kids in this video, breaking their promise to stay still might have lost them their chance at a cool gadget, but it didn’t have any other negative consequences. In the real world, breaking promises is a big deal. When you say you’re going to do something, people expect you to do it. If you don’t follow through on promises, people won’t trust you.
- Have you ever made a promise you couldn’t keep? What happened? (Answers may vary; be prepared to share your own experiences.)
- Did anyone ever make a promise to you that they failed to keep? How did it make you feel? (Answers may vary. Aside from feelings of sadness or disappointment, get your students to talk about difficulty trusting again and other long-term consequences.)
Sadly, people don’t always keep their promises. But there’s one kind of promise that’s always kept. Let’s find out more.