EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SELF - GOVERNMENT
Self-government is a term we use to define how one “governs” oneself; their use of self-control or self-discipline. It is an important factor to include when teaching the kids that they are ultimately responsible for what happens to them. Much self-control is learned through teaching kids skills such as how to express their feelings, to calm themselves when angry, to express their disagreement, to be tolerant of others, etc. Other ways the children learn self-government is through family meetings where they can voice their opinions on decisions being made within the family, solve problems as a group, or just by giving or receiving feedback. The concept is also taught through having the kids work together on group projects where they are held accountable as a group.