Storytelling with the Moodkins

Do you like reading or listening to books? If so, it’s likely because of how a story makes you feel. A good story has the ability to evoke powerful emotions in us, sometimes in the way of side-splitting laughter, spine-tingling fear or gut-wrenching sadness. Adults and kids alike enjoy stories, especially when they are involved in […]

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4 Tips on How to Listen to Kids

For those of us who have children or work with them, we likely spend a lot of time talking. Whether it’s in the form of relaying instructions or redirecting behavior or giving praise for a job well done, there are ample opportunities for adults to speak their minds. An important question to ask, however, is this: How much of […]

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Focusing on the Positive: Thankfulness

Bad days happen to everyone, adults and kids alike. Your car broke down … your pet snake ran away … or your spouse (or sibling or child) ate the last piece of chocolate cake. You likely have a dozen reasons for why you want to sing the blues, and many of them could be valid, but dwelling on the negatives […]

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Dealing with Fear in Healthy Ways

The emotions we feel are natural and for a purpose; they are meant to be felt and understood, not stuffed away or brushed off. This is why it’s particularly important that we validate children’s emotions, as well as teach them how to deal with their feelings in healthy ways. The key to dealing with emotions is […]

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Dealing with Anger in Healthy Ways

The emotions we feel are natural and for a purpose; they are meant to be felt and understood, not stuffed away or brushed off. This is why it’s particularly important that we validate children’s emotions, as well as teach them how to deal with their feelings in healthy ways. The key to dealing with emotions is […]

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Moodkins and Group Conversations

Interested in using Moodkins in a group setting? Whether you’re facilitating a group therapy session or engaging the family at dinnertime, our plush toys are a great icebreaker tool to get the conversation going. Here’s one suggestion of using Moodkins to share about your “highs” and “lows” for the day or week. 1. Pick up a Moodkin and focus on its expressions. Share […]

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Moodkins and One-on-One Conversations

Wondering how you can introduce Moodkins to the kids in your life? Here are some suggestions that can be used in a counseling or home setting. For one-on-one conversations: Ask the child to choose a Moodkin and describe its expression. Talk about what it feels like to be _____ (insert emotion). How do different parts of your […]

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