It’s been so inspiring to see the spirit of giving and sharing by everyone in this campaign. So many people have stepped forward to lend a hand…
- To conduct workshops in your communities,
- To help translate resources,
- To spread the word online,
- To contribute financially,
- To offer your knowledge
As a part of the Universal Children’s Day celebration, we are thrilled to share with you three weekly “gift bags” of downloads to share EQ with children.
The gifts are centered around the themes of self awareness, relationships and a better world. The weekly gift bags are a compilation of many contributors’ work, ranging from games about enhancing emotional literacy to mindfulness practices to feeling+thought-provoking videos to music for children to empathy apps.
Gift bags include downloadable games, worksheets, videos, music… for bringing emotional intelligence to children, and to their adults!
In the EQ for Self-Awareness gift bag, you will find the newly developed EmoCards from Six Seconds, translated in over 15 languages!
For younger children, you may use these cards to build their emotional literacy or use it as a check-in tool to help them tune into themselves at the beginning and end of each day. The cards are also great for storytelling.
For older children, the cards come with a set of instructions for games such as Emotion Sandwiches, Guess My Feelings, and Wild Faces, just to name a few.
And… just in case you miss signing up in time… From Nov 1-20 you’ll be able to download EmoCards and more gifts from our EQ library here.
During the second week, Josh Freedman’s wise and practical book on parenting, Whole-Hearted Parenting will be available free on Kindle! Through a series of personal essays and examples, Josh shows parents how they can use the time-tested methods of emotional intelligence to navigate the strong emotional waters of parenthood.
Parenting is a delight—except when it’s not! We’ve all experienced those moments of “emotional idiocy” when we over-react or miss important clues… How can we be more intelligent with our own emotions and our children’s? And how can we teach them the essential skills to be more aware, intentional and purposeful? This book is less an advice manual and more of a helpful companion and friendly storyteller for parents seeking a better way to raise their children.
We’re also excited to share three “word-free comic strips” starting the Emotion Monsters that you can use with as a coaching tool for a child or a group of children.
The cartoons have only pictures, and the child will tell the story in her own words, filing in her own details. For a child who may be experiencing monsters in the night or fears in general, give the child a copy of the comic strip of the monster under the bed. For a child who may be experiencing social anxiety, you can give her the friendship strip. Have her tell the story in her own words for each of the cartoon. She will start to put words to the thoughts, feelings and sensations that she may been experiencing. If necessary, you may prompt her with questions that are simple, open, and nonjudgmental such as:
- How did you feel when that happened?
- What were you thinking?
- What did you do next?
- Tell me more about that.
- What else?
- What would you change?
- How do you feel now?
These are just three items that you will be receiving from the wonderful gift bags! We hope that you find these items to be simple but effective… emotionally rich and meaningful.
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