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CONNECT with your kids by recognizing feelings and learning to anticipate situations that can trigger emotional - or Ki-motional- reactions.
COMMUNICATE using a calm tone of voice and relaxed body language to help your child know what to say and do when feelings arise.
CREATE a comfortable environment for Ki-motional conversation and play.
PRACTICE communicating feelings with your family and friends. Help children catch themselves during emotional moments by giving a secret “try that again” signal such as a knowing look, head nod, wink, or gentle “uh-oh” sound.
Our natural brain and body reactions can be one major challenge to using the Keys to Kimochis® Communication during emotional moments. “Our bodies all have a general alarm mechanism. This mechanism is used to mobilize your body so that it can effectively cope with emergency situations. According to Dr. John Gottman, it is called Diffuse Physiological Arousal (DPA for short). In situations that are perceived as “dangerous” or “threatening”, DPA turns off the part of your brain that are logical and rational and triggers your “fight” or “flight” mechanism. In this state, we only hear and see signals of danger, nothing else. It’s harder to problem-solve or think logically and we are more likely to attack or be verbally defensive. Empathy and creativity fly out the window, along with our positive communication skills.
When you feel yourself beginning to lose control, Take a Kimochis Moment (TKM) to cool down and regain your composure. You and your kids will thank you for it.
Have a HAPPY and safe Kimochis Halloween!
No one is born with hatred or intolerance. Let’s acknowledge the humanity in others. Be kind, say “hello”. It’s the Kimochis Way.
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Having a challenging moment? Take a Kimochis Moment to cool down and then use the Kimochis Bowl of Feelings to NAME or tell everyone what you are feeling. “Mom is feeling frustrated.” Then go on to describe and OWN what you are doing and saying that makes you unhappy. “Mommy is screaming because she feels frustrated and that is not okay.” The number one regret that most parents express about their parenting is they wish they did not yell. Share how taking the time to cool down and be on your own helped you both understand and share what you were feeling.
1. Ask your child to stand outside the room while each parent chooses a feeling and hides it behind their back.
2. Invite your child back into the room to read their parent’s body language and guess which feeling they have hidden behind their back.
3. After your child guesses, it’s now the parents turn to leave the room and keep the game going.
Perfect for home or classroom, this 18x24 inch full color poster is a fun way to build a child’s emotional vocabulary. Feelings included:
Happy • Sad • Mad • Brave • Embarrassed • Friendly • Sorry • Disappointed • Frustrated • Silly • Hopeful • Left Out • Excited • Jealous • Curious • Cranky • Sensitive • Proud • Insecure • Grateful • Loved • Guilty • Uncomfortable • Shy • Hurt • Surprised • Scared • Kind
Identify and express how you are feeling! (Poster can even be laminated and used with dry erase markers.)