More hope today…  kids and hope.  Helping kids know/identify and express their feelings.  This is something I do with my 4 yr old.  It really helps…  when he can identify and express what he is feeling we can enjoy what we are doing and avoid meltdowns (well most of the time).  Take a look below… let me know what you think.

What is Emotional Awareness:  it is the ability to identify and describe what you are feeling and to know what others are feeling.

Why is Emotional Awareness important:  it is a building block of a healthy emotional life. The more aware your child is of his feelings and the more comfortable he becomes with the full range of feelings that people experience, the easier it will be for him to connect with others. The ability to control one’s emotions when they are too strong and getting in the way of coping is improved by emotional awareness.

These activities can be done with all children (by using more complex emotions for older kids).

How can I learn more:  Click HERE .

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Every once in a while, I post something that I find so interesting, I just have to share it…  this is one of those times.  While this is usually a blog about hope and miscarriage, please indulge me this one time and check out this entry about hope and kids.  (Well to be honest, I find this so cool, I will likely post more about it.) 
There are studies on kids and resilancy and optimism.  Did you know that optimism can be learned like other skills?  I find that amazing and wonderful!  That optimistic kids do better, and they are happier.  And isn’t that what we all want for our kids – to be happy and healthy?
If you really like it too, think about becoming an ambassador.  Now I think I will have to find a way to subtly share this with my mother-in-law.

Fishful Thinking is a resource for parents to help teach their kids how to handle the ups and downs of life, approach situations with an optimistic attitude and develop confidence to reach their full potential. The program was developed in partnership with Dr. Karen Reivich, psychologist in the field of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and mother of four. With Fishful Thinking, we believe that parents can learn to positively affect their children’s development, transform parenting frustrations into parenting successes and share more joy and happiness with their families.

http://www.fishfulthinking.com/

 

 

There are lots of ways to get involved. And for those who are interested in getting more involved,  they are looking for parents with kids 4-12, who are well connected and enthusiastic to get involved by becoming a Fishful Thinking Ambassador. If you’re interested, great! Or, please pass this onto someone that you think might be interested in helping us. Ambassadors are given the tools (activities, videos, etc.) to spread the word throughout their networks and can compete for prizes and incentives. Ambassadors can do as little or as much as they want or are comfortable with. To become an Ambassador, sign up here. It’s a quick, two step process.