Kids Emotion Learning Products: Develop Kids Emotion Skills
Did you know that creating positive emotions is a skill? It is. And just like other skills, it's easier to learn when we are young.
But who is teaching our children how to create personal well-being? We are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of teaching nutrition and exercise of physical well-being, but what about the skills that are needed for mental well-being?
Few schools teach children anything about how to develop emotional intelligence, and few parents know how to help their children develop these skills. Yet, developing these skills is key to children's happiness and success.
At the Berkeley Well-Being Institute, we did a search of the existing products available to help kids learn these skills, and we could only find a handful or products - with little indication of their scientific foundations. And we thought that was just nuts! So we built some products of our own.
Why kids need emotion learning products
Many children struggle with identifying, naming, and communicating their emotions. These kids are not able to manage their emotions easily, they have difficulty recovering after something bothers them, and they may misbehave or throw tantrums in an effort to express what they don't know how to express.
By helping kids build emotional intelligence, they learn to manage their emotions better.
How our emotion learning products help change kids' emotions
Luckily, there are many scientifically-supported ways to support kids' emotional learning. At the Berkeley Well-Being Institute, we've helped parents, families, and teachers by creating science-based tools to help kids develop emotional intelligence.
Kids emotion learning flashcards: Building positive neural networks
A simple way to support emotion learning for kids is by encouraging spelling positive emotion words. By making positive emotion words more familiar, kids increase availability, accessibility and activation of positive emotion words and concepts in daily life. As a result of strong positive neural networks, it becomes easier for kids emotions to be more positive.
Note: Flashcards are in PDF format. Just download, print, and cut out.
Aiding emotional learning with emotion expressions:
Another way to help kids learn about their own emotions and how to understand others' emotions is to teach them what emotions look like when they are expressed. Our "Happy Puppy" products helps kids ages 3-10 better understand, recognize, and communicate their emotions. Help kids learn passively about these basic emotions just by posting these images on the wall, fridge, or car.
And when kids are having a hard time communicating their emotions, just ask them which puppy they are today and what would make them become a happy puppy.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.