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  • Who is the most patient person you know? How can you tell they are patient?

  • What are 3 things you could give to or do for a close friend that would make him or her happy?

  • Do you know someone who is a giving person? Who is it and what makes them so?

  • How do your friends or family help you?

  • Have you ever done or said anything when you’ve witnessed someone being bullied? If not, imagine what you might do.

  • Have you and your friend ever left someone out on purpose? Do you think that was bullying? Why or why not?

  • Did you do anything to help someone this summer? What was it? If not, what could you still do?

  • Pick someone you care about and talk about how you could put a «spring in their step» today.

     

     

  • Who or what exemplifies the meaning of “love” to you?

  • What makes you feel loved?

  • Name five people you love most in the world, and why (animals are OK too).

  • Pick someone you’d like to start a tradition with. Who is it? What would the tradition be? Anything goes.

  • Novelist Marcel Proust, “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Who are your ‘charming gardeners?’ Why?

  • How do you feel when you receive thank you cards from your friends or when they say ‘thank you’? Why?

  • Is there someone you know who is having a hard time right now? What is that they are going through?  What might you do to let them know you understand or want to understand how they are feeling?

  • Have you ever been teased by a friend? How did it make you feel? How do you think a friend feels when he or she gets teased?

  • Talk about something nice someone did for you this week, or something that made you feel better.

  • Tell a story of eating over at a friend’s house.

  • Have you met any new kids since you went back to school or daycare? How are they different from you?

  • Is it possible to be too compassionate?  Why or why not?

  • Tell a story about someone who showed compassion to you when you were younger. What did they do?  How did it affect you?

  • Albert Schweitzer said, “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”  Do you agree, or do you think this is just sentimental?  What is the relationship between peace and compassion?

  • What jobs require the most compassion? Do you think you can be a good nurse or doctor without compassion?  Can you be a compassionate person and yet distance yourself professionally?  Why might this be important?  Are there some jobs where too much compassion might harmful, either to the work or to the individual carrying out the work?

  • In addition to treating human beings well, what else can we as individuals show compassion for? What are some examples?

  • Describe someone you know who is truly compassionate.

  • Is it important to show compassion to people, even if they may not show compassion back?

  • What is one way you have shown compassion to a friend recently or a friend showed compassion to you?

  • Talk about the last movie you saw or book you read where someone was compassionate.

  • What does it mean to be compassionate? How is this different than just being «nice»?

  • What is your favorite childhood storybook? What is special about it? Who used to read it with you?

  • Finish this sentence: «Everyone knows that my worst habit is…»

  • What is your favorite family tradition? Why?

  • Describe the ideal boy/girlfriend.

  • How do you feel about social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat)? How do they affect your relationships with others?

  • Do you stay in touch with friends you can’t see every day? How?

  • Do you believe in love at first sight?

  • What is one thing you can do for yourself in the next week that would help you take care of yourself?

  • Talk about a time when you did something thoughtful for someone else. What was it? How did it make you feel? How did it make the other person feel?

  • Who at school do you feel most excited to see in the morning?

  • What makes you a good friend? Sibling? Child?

  • Have you ever had to end a friendship? How did you know it had to end?

  • Who is your oldest friend?

  • Tell me something about you that you think I might not know.

  • Who is the one person you trust the most?

  • If a friend asks you to keep a secret that you don’t feel comfortable keeping, what would you do?

  • Is it always a good thing to be loyal? When might it not be?

  • Do you recall a time when it was hard to be loyal? An experience where you needed to make a difficult choice? A time when you needed to make sacrifices in order to show your loyalty?

  • Can you give me an example of a time you saw a friend, family member or stranger being treated unfairly? What did you do? If you can’t think of a real example, what might you do in such a situation?

  • If you could start a new family tradition, what would it be?

  • If you could have a character from a book as a best friend, who would it be?

  • How do you show someone that s/he is special to you?

  • What would you do if you saw your friend being bullied? What about if you saw a stranger being bullied?

  • What 2 qualities do you want all your friends to have?

  • What 3 words would you use to describe our family?

  • Think about someone your family knows who could use a pick-me-up or a helping hand. Who is it and what could you do for him/her?

  • What’s one act of kindness that you have done for someone in the last 6 months?

  • Outside of the family, who are the people in the world that care for you during a day or a week?

  • If someone gives you a present that you do not want or like, what are some ways to respond?

  • What do you miss (or not miss) about seeing friends at school every day? How do you keep in touch during the summer?

  • Have you ever had a fight with a friend? How did you resolve the fight?

  • What are the qualities of a bad friend?

  • Who is your best friend? Why?

  • Talk about a time when you showed loyalty to a friend. How about a family member?

  • What does it mean to be loyal? How is this different than just being a good friend or a good sibling, daughter, son, etc?

  • What are 3 things you can do for someone who isn’t feeling well?

  • How do you know when you can trust another person?

  • Do you like when other people share with you? Why?

  • What is one thing you did today that helped other people?

  • What is one way that you take care of yourself?

  • If you are sick or sad, what can someone do to care for you?

  • What was one caring thing that each person sitting at the table has done for you in the last week?

  • What is one thing you can do to help a friend (in the next day, week, month, year)?

  • What can you give or do for someone that doesn’t cost any money?

  • What is something you own and love that you would like to share with someone else?

  • What was the best gift you ever received?

  • Who at school makes it feel fun?

  • What is your favorite thing to share with friends? What is the hardest thing to share?

  • Do you know how much your family loves you? How can you tell?

  • What would you do if you saw someone being treated unfairly?

  • What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

  • What are the qualities of a good friend?

  • What do you think makes a person popular?

  • If you had three cookies and five friends, what would you do to make it fair for everybody?