Coming back from A-Fest in Ibiza and Mindvalley U in Barcelona, two inspiring events where I learned about personal growth, relationships, and many other things. I realized that there is not much out there that teaches kids about self-love and how to use this love to empower others.
I attended many conferences and workshops that helped adults embrace their inner child or find their light. Yet, I kept asking myself why did we lose it in the first place?
Two of the quotes that stuck with me most are:
I am Enough
Your light is not yours to keep, use it to inspire the world
The quotes talk about self-love and giving back. These concepts are very present in a child’s life. Simply observe a young child, they love themselves and have no problem sharing and helping others.
But there is a moment in a child’s life that shifts this behavior, they start to doubt, fear and question themselves and therefore stop giving.
Their light dims down to become mature adults that will, later on, look for their inner child again to feel fulfilled. It seems absurd to me. Why would someone erase their inner child to then look for it again a few years later?…
Isn’t it better if we simply teach children to always have a great relationship with themselves and keep their inner child alive no matter what?…
I’ve decided to go deep on a journey to search and share methods to help children understand the importance of self-love and giving.
There are many classic children’s books that teach concepts such as love, respecting others and giving. Some great examples are:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Horton Hears Who! by Dr. Seuss
Awesome Book Of Love! by Dallas Clayton
But can we go beyond children’s books and actually find ways to get kids to integrate these concepts into their education through play?
I’ve found some interesting resources that I would like to share so you can open your eyes to new possibilities to educate your children.
Here are some apps that help children get in touch with their emotions to better understand what love, mindfulness, empathy, and respect are:
Avokiddo Emotions is an app designed to help children explore feelings and emotions. It’s created for children 5 and under. The app is a fantastic tool to help introduce the different ranges of emotions we have.
Smiling Mind is a meditation app that helps children understand the importance of caring for oneself to be at peace and be able to respect those around them.
Emotionary app is great for educators that work with children with autism. It helps distinguish different emotions so children can understand what each emotion looks and feels like.
With these apps, we can actually get children to play and understand what emotions are.
To take it a step further I found some interesting products that help identify emotions, show self-love and respect others through play:
Kimochis are cute stuffed animals that come with mini emotion plush characters that can be stored in a front pocket. The toy comes with a small book that teaches different emotions. This cute toy can help children show what type of feelings they can experience. It’s also easy for them to show what emotion they are feeling as they can visually show it to their parents.
The Self-Esteem Game builds and boosts Self-Esteem. It’s filled with positive affirmations that children will enjoy. The game helps children learn to cope and overcome problems along the way.
With products that help children understand and experience different emotions, we can start to have conversations about self-love and respect.
If a child grows up knowing how to care for him/herself then they will not forget how to have fun and live in a state of innocence for a longer period of time. Perhaps even learn to not let go of play and keep their inner child alive so they won’t have to look for it later on in life.
Developing these type of books, products, and apps for children will help create more confident generations.
I am an advocate for emotional intelligence products for children because children learn through play. If we introduce complex concept into their day to day play they will for sure thrive in the future.
Let’s help children grow up knowing they are enough and help them shine their light early on.
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