Although WITS Leaders know lots of ways to solve problems by themselves, they also know that sometimes they can’t do it on their own. Sometimes, Seeking help from a parent, teacher or other trusted adult is the best thing they can do to solve a problem.
The key is knowing when you need help to solve a problem. Here are some tips to help you figure out when and how to Seek help:
Take the test – There’s a simple test to help you figure out if you should seek help. Just ask yourself the following four questions about the situation. Don’t worry; there’s no wrong answers! But if you answer yes to any of the questions, you should seek help:
Could you or someone else get hurt?
Does the situation make you feel afraid or uneasy?
Is this something you can’t handle alone?
Did your attempts to deal with the situation not work?
Make a list of helpers – There are lots of different people you can seek help from. Make a list of all the people who could help you, like friends, teachers, parents or your principal. Some are better at solving one type of problem than the others. Think about the problem-solving strengths of your helpers and then choose one to ask for help.
Keep asking – Sometimes we need to seek help from many different people until we get the help we need. That’s okay. Don’t give up and remember to keep asking different people until you get the help you need.
Congratulations! You’ve learned everything you need to know to become a great WITS Leader! Now it’s time to put your new skills to work: use your LEADS strategies next time you face a problem or to help younger kids deal with teasing or bullying.