Have you ever seen a child bouncing off the walls (or furniture) with excitement? What about a little one crying and throwing himself on the floor in despair over a lost treat?
Children are emotional little beings, they experience things so intensely, often because they don’t know what it is they are feeling or how to control it.
So many times it’s easy to tell a child to “stop crying” or “calm down”, instead of taking the time to teach them about what they are feeling and what they can do with those emotions in a more appropriate way.
Sure, mid-melt down isn’t quite the time for a conversation about sadness and how to work through it but since discovering Moodsters, I’ve loved how talking about feelings, moods and emotions has become a more regular part of our day to day life with the kids.
My son has gravitated to the Moodster Meter most of all. It gives him something he can experiment with on his own and he enjoys coming up to each member of the family and “checking on our moods”.
Most recently, he’s been storing it next to his mattress, which has provided a natural way for us to talk about different emotions he experienced throughout the day. This is also a gateway to discussing how he could have handled his moods differently, in a safer non-charged space.
(Excuse the blurry picture, it was bedtime and not very bright in the room)
I’ve found that he’s easily able to recall how he felt in certain situations so we’re able to talk about how he could have approached it differently, even if it would be hard.
The Moodster books and all The Moodsters products really focus on how to manage emotions, not suppress them, which I love. It’s evident in the way they are written and approached that this is not simply “don’t feel too much” but instead “here are the best ways to react when you are feeling something”.
Denise Daniels has done and incredible job creating these Moodsters in a way that really resonates with kids. It’s been so helpful because these are conversations that I’ve been wanting to have with my kids, but I didn’t have the tools to make what I would be saying make sense to a 5 year old and a 4 year old before. Now I do!
If your little ones are dealing with big emotions, I can’t recommend these little mood friends enough! They have been a genuine help in our home, and the kids have enjoyed interacting with the books and toys so much!
I also wanted to say a quick congratulations to Sarah B. for winning the Moodster giveaway on our previous post!
Even though you might not have won you can still go to Toys R Us and get Moodster products for your little ones! Have fun talking about your moods together!