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Know that it is not okay for a partner or friend to make you feel bad, call you names, put you
down, or disrespect you. A healthy relationship means the other person makes you feel good
about who you are. We’ll be talking more in a later lesson about dating violence.
Have a round of group applause after each one.
Instructor note: (Optional) Take a photograph of each sculpture. Include the group’s
brief description of their sculpture and a copy of the corresponding Six Types of
Relationships activity card by each photo. Consider printing the photos of their
sculptures (in color) and making a large poster for public display. Give it a title, such
as, “Is it a Healthy Relationship?” Post it in your room or a public place to serve as an
important reminder and to honor their work and creativity. Note: You can also insert
these photos into your PowerPoint slide show.
(PP) Before you use what you’ve learned to assess an actual
relationship, let’s underscore a central point:
Feeling safe in a relationship is the ultimate test of a healthy relationship.
Physical Safety—If there is any aggression or fear of
aggression, it’s not healthy, period.
Emotional Safety—This kind of safety comes from feeling safe to say what’s on your
mind and in your heart—to be accepted for the real you.
Trust and Commitment Safety means knowing your partner will be there for you—
they’ve got your back and are reliable.
(PP) Ask participants to locate Is It a Healthy Relationship?
in their journal (pgs. 19-20). It may help to read the first
paragraph on pg. 19 of the journal. You might also opt to read
aloud each set of contrasting questions for each category.
Pause after each category for participants to assess with an
Activity: Assessing Relationships
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