The Avengers are a dream team in the comic book world. Each Avenger brings its own powers, abilities, and personality to make an unstoppable team. Being part of a team is amazing but can also have innate challenges.
In this last blog of the 6-week series, we will dive into how to be part of a successful team and discuss the importance of teamwork. There is no “i” in team (or Avengers) and exploring how to excel in a successful team can set your child up for success in the future.
A team can range from a sports team to a boy or girl scout troop, or even your nuclear family unit. We can use the language of teamwork and apply it to the framework of the family by switching up a few words.
1. Respecting each other and defining roles within the team
Teamwork requires respect from each of its team members. While we would like to always show respect to others, it can be difficult in a moment of stress or excitement. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. When a team or individual is able to figure out their challenges, the team can play on strengths and become unstoppable.
Each of The Avengers brings their own strengths and has a conversation (and demonstration) of their individual powers. This sets up the team for success because they define their roles within the team before they venture to save the world.
How you can talk to your child:
“When I think about The Avengers, I think they are the best team I have ever seen. Each team member brings their own strengths to the group and they are respectful of their differences. While the Hulk can “smash,” Iron man can fly and invent futuristic weapons. Black Widow can fight from the ground, while Hawkeye is able to shoot arrows into the air. If everyone on the team had the same powers, do you think the team would be successful?
What are some strengths you can bring to your team? Have you noticed that you are better than others on your team at something? What about [friend], do they have a different or similar strength? I noticed you like to be a striker on the soccer field and score goals while [friend] prefers goalie. What would happen to your team if you had 2 strikers and no goalie or vice versa? Do you think your team would do great or struggle?”
2. Communicate with your team members
Communication is a key element in a successful team. Some may argue that it is the most important element of a team, family, or group. When The Avengers need something to be smashed, they clearly ask the Hulk to smash it. When the Black Widow needs a boost, she clearly calls for Captain America to send her into the air using his shield.
When teams communicate well and work together, they are successful. I use the phrase, “unclear is unkind.” This means that if we are unclear, it makes for poor teamwork and poor communication. The Avengers use their words as tools to complete their tasks and missions, while also using their words kindly.
How you can talk to your child:
“I loved seeing Captain America and Black Widow working together so well. She clearly called out to him for a boost on his shield and he was happy to help! What do you think would happen if she called for a boost and he ignored her? That would cause a lot of trouble!
It seems like clear communication is a big part of a team. How do you communicate with your teammates? Are you clear or do you just yell or get frustrated? What are some ways that we can work on you being clear about what you need? I am always here to listen to your needs as well as help you to form clear and kind sentences to express how you are feeling.”
3. Celebrate victories, whether they are big or small
It is important to boost the confidence of your teammates to develop a successful team. No matter how big or small the victory is, the team should celebrate their success as well as the individual’s success.
Every time an Avenger completes a task, the other teammates are the first ones to congratulate them or cheer them on. If an Avenger fails, the team is also there to pick them up and move forward. The mentality of a team will shape its success, and encouraging others on the team is a foundational part of that success.
How you can talk to your child:
“Every time an Avenger succeeds, their entire team cheers for them. I wonder if it helps The Avengers be a more successful team knowing they have support and encouragement from each other. Is there a time you have cheered your teammates on and have seen a difference in their confidence? I bet it feels really good to know you have a supportive group behind you.
What are ways you can cheer on your team? I like to clap for you when you are playing [sport or event] to show my support. I bet the more you celebrate someone’s victories, the more excited they are to participate and continue to build that confidence.”
To wrap up, here is an example of a script to talk to your child:
“The Avengers is a dream team of superheroes in the comic book world. They all come together with a common goal in mind- to save the world from evil. They each bring a different strength and power and they all show respect for each other. They understand each other’s strengths and challenges and work together to make a successful team.
I have noticed their communication is clear and concise. When they need something, they ask for it and a teammate is always willing to step in and help. Do you feel like you are a team player or is there a place you can improve to help your team to be as successful as The Avengers? Being clear and respectful to teammates makes for a successful and powerful team.
I also noticed that The Avengers celebrate each other as well as the team’s victories. Do you think celebrating victories, no matter how small boosts confidence? How do you feel when you see people cheering for you? Do you think you can make others on your team feel good by cheering them on?
Being part of a team can be challenging but very rewarding. It is important to learn about teamwork so you can help your team be successful. You may have to make some sacrifices to be a team player, but it is worth it to see a successful team.
Spoiler alert: At the end of The Avengers movie, Ironman makes the ultimate sacrifice for his team to win (his life).”
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