Rose and Thorn

A very simple communication and exploration exercise that can take place with youth and adults just about anywhere. Ideally, it would be used in a calm setting with all participants focused on the activity, such as at mealtime or bed time. Each person is asked to share a rose (the best, special, or most positive part of their day) and also a thorn (the difficult or challenging part of their day). This is a great way to get around one-word answers when you ask, “How was your day?” and it helps everyone think about sharing their news in a more in-depth way. It’s also great practice for active listening!