Lesson 6 119 Copyright 2023 Marline E. Pearson 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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