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Can we can help our children to understand, analyse, express and regulate their emotions?
The answer is yes- but how?
As a former teacher and now parent to a spirited child, one of the most important things I have learned is that a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not work for every situation. Another thing I have learnt is that no child likes to be lectured about how to manage their behaviour.
Instead, we need to become emotion coaches for our kids. One way we can do this is to connect and remain present with them and their feelings. Whichever feeling may be presenting. The main thing is, that children learn best by example. So in helping ourselves, we are helping our children.
Cultivating Emotional Balance
Emotional balance refers to the ability to keep our minds and bodies flexible and balanced in times of stress. I know- easy to write about, but when it comes to real-time, real-life episodes, how easy is it to manage the balance, space and awareness of big emotions?
The heart of emotional balance, is noticing the emotion and making a conscious decision about how to handle it.
We need tools to help us increase our awareness of emotions and the ability to recognise, name, soothe and ultimately, transform them.
These books are it.
Story-time in our house is a really lovely way that we all connect. Whether it’s a made up story or one out of a book, it is a great to time build connection and presence with our son, as well as a great time for learning.
This is where Manny the meatball comes in. He is a cute little guy who loves rolling around with his foodie friends. He is a sweet little ball of goodness who goes through the ups and downs of common moods, emotions and thinking patterns.
Manny is joined by his friends Crispy Carrot and Benjamin Broccoli and is often guided by his Aunty Sage, who has a lot of experience with the BIG emotions and ‘stinking thinking’.
Through simple but powerful story telling, Manny faces his emotions and solves related challenges using a little help from his friends and family as well as mindful practice. Each book even comes with some handy science-based notes for adults, related to the topic at hand!
What’s so great about these books?
They are sweet and entertaining stories for both children and parents.
They address common daily emotional waves and suggest gentle and practical ways to honour and move through them.
They help children and parents cultivate emotional balance.
They create connection within families.
The illustrations are sensational.
P.s. While you are here, have a look at this awesome video explaining the books and their purpose!