With the return to school and the various after school activities, children have a fairly intense pace which often generates a high level of tiredness! 😴
With children, when the fatigue is high, the tendency to tantrums, tears and excess of emotions is also greater. 😃 🙁 😡
That's why Family Time Saver has been looking for tools that will help your children better tame their emotions and help you help them!
🛎 If you would like more information or if you are interested by any of our suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Pipouette, the companion of emotions: "your emotions are beautiful, live them"
An eco-responsible and cool rag doll in the image of a rabbit. His faces are interchangeable: joy, anger, fear and sadness. Thanks to its faces, your children will be able to express their emotions when they feel them, more simply. It is not always easy for children to verbalize their emotions, here they can “image” them.
With the beginning of a new school year, Pipouette also had the brilliant idea to create mini faces of love in order to slip them in the pockets, the school bag, places where our children will be able to find them during their day away from us. An original way to deliver a message of love from a distance and allow them to better manage the separation.
"The Emoticocotte, a tool for parents, a game for children: "We must listen to the emotions of our children."
We all made or played with the famous paper fortune teller on which a colored dot matched a pledge or a sentence. Here, the idea is the same, but each side of the paper corresponds to an emotion and behind each emotion lies a yoga posture or a mindful exercise to learn how to manage it. The child then takes the game and shows what emotions he feels at that specific time, the parent can then propose one of the exercise to teach him to channel this emotion.
The Emotion Wheel: "Emotional skills provide access to greater self-confidence and reduced stress, as emotions are no longer perceived as invasive and uncomfortable."
A tool to help children, but also adults to become aware of their emotions and the need that goes with it. The Wheel of Emotions is a tool that brings us back to sensations (it's the middle circle, starting point of the process), inviting the user to feel the clues given by his body ("I feel tense, I’m fed up, etc. for the adult version. While the child version symbolizes it by the use of the weather forecast). It is an invitation to listen and feel the messages given by our body. Then, the second wheel draws attention to the emotion that corresponds to this sensation. Finally, the third wheel, the largest, proposes to find the underlying need for that emotion.
The last step is to find a way to fill that need.
The book “The Colour Monster” in animated version: "One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! He does not understand what's happening to him. Will he succeed in putting his heart in order and regaining his balance?. "
This book with words and a very simple language explains what are the basic emotions (joy, sadness, anger, serenity) and how they express themselves. The aesthetic brought to the drawing and this friendly monster automatically gives the children the desire to continue reading and to understand what emotions are about.
The Calm Down Jar
When our children have a tantrum, they are overwhelmed by their emotions, it is never easy to help them regain their composure without getting into anger. Maria Montessori has proposed a very interesting tool: the famous Calm Down Jar (that we can make ourselves). The jar is filled with a liquid containing glitter and other colored objects that will sail up and down as the child shakes it.
In case of crisis, you give the bottle to your child and by observing the movement, the crisis should gradually diminish by diverting the attention to a single point of concentration.