Check-In – Favorite Time in Girls Circle

May 21, 2009 at 3:33 am 1 comment

Do you or the girls in your Girls Circle group love Check-In time?
Check-In is the third step in a Girls Circle group. It’s that time when each girl has a turn to hold the talking piece and share what’s on her mind and in her heart – thoughts, feelings, concerns, ups and downs. Her group members offer nonjudgmental listening without interruption. Without a doubt, Check-In is one of the most highly valued parts of Girls Circle.  Girls say they need  to talk about what’s going on in their lives, and the benefits are plentiful:  they find a LOT of relief,  a better mood, that they’re not alone, that they have experiences and wisdom to share that will help other girls, and that people care about them.

Check-In has its’ roots in the council processes inherent in the practices of indigenous people of the Americas.  Native Americans have traditionally come together in council to give voice to thoughts and feelings, deep listening, understanding and problem solving.

Facilitators can build on girls’ positive views of Check-In by simply passing the talking piece around the circle  a second time whenever time permits. This empower girls  to share more if they choose to do so. Knowing the opportunity exists can improve a girl’s likelihood of expressing herself more fully if she needs to address an issue that’s concerning her.
Remember, talking actively promotes the release of positive chemicals that promote connection and well being in females.  No surprise, then, that girls look forward to their Check-In time.
Go Check-In!  ~ Beth

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  • 1. Alita  |  May 28, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    My girls LOVE check in time!! Even girls who don’t say much during check-in or activity discussion will come to me later and say how glad they are to have a place to share and not feel alone. Check in is awesome– although… sometimes I’ve gotta reign in those 6th & 7th graders or one girl would take the whole hour for check in!!! 🙂

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