What does every parent want for their child at holiday season and any time of year? A happy, healthy, confident child. Kimochis (KEY.MO.CHEES) means “Feeling” in Japanese and is an award-winning educational toy that helps children learn to understand and express emotions in a fun and comfortable way. When a parent and child learn positive ways to manage the ups and downs of daily life, the parent-child connection is strengthened which builds self-esteem, confidence and emotional intelligence in our children.
Creating a positive feeling holiday season can bring you the experiences and lasting memories that you have imagined, expected, hoped and wished for as you close out yet another year. Positive feelings are priceless and what truly matters! Consider claiming the following on your December Wish List.
Grateful: Close your eyes and ask yourself what you are grateful for? This exercise can be the beginning of a holiday to remember. Call the people that come to your mind and heart and SAY what you feel. It is free and is the gift that fills everyone up in a lasting way.
Joyful: All the self-help books confirm that all can claim joy. Joy is priceless. This time of year it can be a walk at night to feel the weather, be surrounded by the dark, which is often accented by stars and holiday lights.
Aware: Awareness connects to your positive emotions. When we choose to truly be aware of those we love we feel positive emotions. Make real eye contact, as this is the free ingredient to connect and feel aware of our love for people and life.
Excited: Excitement can be a gift this holiday. This is all about the unexpected. Each day choose to do and say something that will inspire excitement. When you think or feel something positive. Say It and Do It!
Quiet: At a busy time of year, quiet can be a gift. Quite helps us access our feelings and stills the heart and mind. Lovingly, tell people what you need and/or want to bring about moments of quiet. “I realize I am in need of quiet. This weakend I need …” Can you help me make this happen?”
Love: Sadly the business of raising children can make us forget to STOP and simply feel and express love. Right now….feel loved and show love. Give love daily thru touch, a smile, eye contact, a note, or any gesture that gives the most important free gift of all. Love.
Those are just a few of the ways to bring positive feelings into your holiday season and daily life. It is not about buying the perfect gift but rather closing your eyes right now to see what feeling(s) you want to claim so that you increase the odds of a more joyfilled holiday.
To learn more about Kimochis… Toys with Feelings Inside®, visit their website. Kimochis help children build self-esteem, confidence and emotional intelligence.
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About the Author:
Ellen Pritchard Dodge, M.Ed. CCC-SLP Communication Specialist and Educational consultant. She’s a recognized leader in Character Education and communication skills for young children. Ellen is the Educational Director for Kimochisä providing parents and educational professionals with the social emotional tools to build children’s character, confidence, and self-esteem. She is the feeling mother of three daughters: MaryLynn, Kate and Emily.