Latitude is making a commitment to remaining open and positive. It’s exposing our children to a variety of experiences. It is also about being open and flexible role models. Fostering latitude is critical for us all, especially in these chaotic times when we seek security in stability, control and the known, we need to remember to keep open-minded to new ideas and experiences.
Attitude, gratitude, and latitude weave together to compromise the essence of our personal magic powers. When we choose to embrace these positive thoughts and behaviours, we are building resilience. Metaphorically engaging in an attitude, gratitude and latitude mindset, we are waving our own wands that magically transform negativity and problems into positive perspectives and solutions.
When I grew up there were two shows that fascinated many of us, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as they featured two women with magical powers that could change anything. Recently, while with my dear friend Tara, we joked that we wish we had magic wands that we could wave and presto, our problems, (albeit, mostly first world problems) would be gone.
This conversation inspired the following story Wand it be Gone! It is a story about Willow and Whitney, two girls that teach each other to maintain attitude, gratitude and latitude. It is through this growth mindset that they are able to wand their challenges gone! Take a look at the PDF which you can read to your children Use it as a basis for discussion on the topic. I have left spaces so that your child can illustrate the story. I invite you to share their drawings and advice on keeping an attitude, gratitude, latitude mindset, which with your permission, I will post on the website.