8/31/15

The Moodsters Toys Are Coming to Target @themoodsters #sponsored #TheMoodsters

I received a Moodster Meter and storybook as part of The Moodsters Ambassadors.  All opinions are my own.

I am very excited to share with you that I am an ambassador for The Moodsters, a new toy line coming to Target September 7th!

The Moodsters Brand Ambassador

Who are The Moodsters?

They are a team of lovable little detectives that use their special sleuthing skills and detective gear to help kids navigate the emotional maze of childhood.


These cute detectives teach children all about emotions:  what they are, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them.  And they are a great tool for parents too!


As a mom, I want my children to have the tools they need to become emotionally healthy adults.  Teaching children to become aware of their emotions and how to regulate them is incredibly important!  I love that The Moodsters uses books and toys to help young children understand emotional intelligence on their level!

My daughter enjoys reading every day.  When we introduced her to the Moodsters and the Moodsters meter, she was drawn to the cute characters and story line.  I love how this opened up conversation about feelings and how we should share them in positive ways.  We have been working on using our feelings words and trying to remain calm when she is in the middle of a tantrum/emotional episode. I believe that this will be a helpful tool for her to recognize her feelings and learn to express herself in a better way.


I recently was a part of a group phone conference with the creator of The Moodsters: Denise Daniels.  

Denise Daniels creator of The Moodsters


She shared her background, the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ), and why she created The Moodsters. 

You’ve worked with children in many capacities—as a pediatric nurse, as a counselor, doing grief therapy with children around the world, now with The Moodsters. What drew you to work with children in the first place?

I’m kind of like a child that’s never grown up. I’ve always loved the honesty of children, and I love watching children play—we learn so much by observing our children and sitting back and listening.
I started out in labor and delivery as a nurse, then I switched to pediatric oncology. I had so much to learn from working with these kids and their emotional maturity. It touched my heart, and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

How did you get interested in the subject of children’s emotions and how they deal with them? Why is that so important?

Several years ago, I founded a nonprofit organization called The National Childhood Grief Institute. It really tapped into an unmet need, because people weren’t talking about kids and grief. I had the opportunity to travel throughout world for the State Department and for other nonprofit organizations to work with kids experiencing trauma, loss, grief, family transitions. No matter what country I was in, no matter what language they spoke, and regardless of socioeconomic background, all children’s feelings were universal.

Then it became my mission to help kids understand their emotions, and to help the caring grown-ups in their lives teach them about emotions. Many of these children don’t have the cognitive capacity or the vocabulary to talk about feelings. It’s our job to give them the words.

Is EQ related to IQ?

IQ is pretty much set at birth. But kids can grow their emotional intelligence throughout their lives. And the EQ skills we teach our children will last a lifetime. Our little ones are never too young for us to begin teaching EQ skills.

Tell us about The Moodsters—how did you come up with this idea?

When I started the National Childhood Grief Institute, there was nothing out there for kids at all. I wanted to make toys they could use, so I got my hot glue gun and made a little feelings mirror. Kids could see what they looked like when they were happy or sad or angry or afraid.

In the 1990s, Pfizer Pediatrics asked me to develop a program for pediatric residents, because so many doctors were uncomfortable talking with their little patients about sickness, death, and dying. I made a “feelings thermometer” that doctors could use with children who were sick. Later Pfizer did a study that showed that these kids required shorter hospitalizations and less pain medication.
I always had this fantasy of being able to develop more of these tools, and then I had this wonderful opportunity with Target to make these tools available for all kids.

Why did you choose these five emotions to focus on: happy, sad, afraid, angry, loving?

We did a lot of research with Dr. Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He confirmed that these are the primary emotions kids experience. He and I talked about developing a curriculum that was appropriate for kids. We thought easiest way was to have colors to represent the primary emotions. It helps drive the message home when children are drawing their feelings.

What are The Moodsters?

The Moodsters are five little detectives who solve feelings emergencies. They have two human friends, Zach and Zoey, and they collect evidence and solve top-secret cases to help their human friends understand their emotions.

Our curriculum is based on the RULER method, which stands for helping kids to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate their emotions. That was our platform, and we evolved from that to the toys, which we developed with Kids Preferred, one of world’s leading toy companies. They’ll be in Target stores starting September 7.

Why are these products aimed at preschoolers? Isn’t it important for older children to learn about emotions, too?

It is important for older children, and for adults, too. You can’t educate a child unless you help the parent as well. In our generation, we didn’t talk about emotions a lot. But now we know that 30% of kids are coming to kindergarten missing the basic emotional and social skills they need to succeed. If they don’t know how to handle relationships with other kids and teachers, how will they ever be able to learn and grow?

In every storybook we offer “Guidelines for Grownups,” saying, this is how you need to read the book with your child, this is the EQ skill we’re teaching. You can’t educate one and not the other.
How can The Moodsters help parents help their children? I really believe that the Moodsters can change a whole generation of kids—and I don’t mean that in an arrogant way. We look at stories on the news and we think, “What is going on in this world, and where is the empathy?” That’s why we’re doing this! If we can teach kids to be more sensitive and kind, they’ll do better in their whole lives.


The Moodsters Coloring Printable

Coming Soon:

The Moodsters App for Android & Apple

The Moodsters App

Featuring:  Meet the Moodsters Interactive Storybook, The Moodster Meter, Moodster Mirror, & Feelings Notebook.




Enter to win The Moodster Meter
The Moodster Meter and Storybook
Every parent has a thermometer for taking a child’s temperature—now every house should have a Moodster Meter for taking a child’s emotional temperature! Young children don’t always have the vocabulary to describe their emotions, so the Moodster Meter provides a safe, fun, interactive way for kids to show how they’re feeling inside.

They just push the Power Up button to align with the character and emotion that represents what they feel: Snorf (sad), Lolly (loving), Quigly (afraid), Razzy (angry), or Coz (happy). By putting the tools for expression right in their hands, the Moodster Meter makes it so much easier for young kids to talk about what’s going on inside.

The Moodster Meter comes with a full-color, 32-page storybook, Meet the Moodsters. The Moodster Meter will be available at Target and Target.com in September $19.99.


Giveaway: 

One reader will win The Moodster Meter

Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  
http://themoodsters.com/
This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 9/14/15 at  8 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  I received a Mooster Meter for review purposes as The Moodsters Brand Ambassador.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.


Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/31

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

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$15 Babies R Us Gift Card US only Ends 9/14



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8/30/15

Grandma Kisses Board Book @tommynelson #sponsored

I received a copy of Grandma Kisses for review purposes as a Tommy Mommy.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Grandparents' Day is coming up soon on September 13th.  What better way to celebrate a special grandmother in your child's life than to read a special story about that's all about spending time with grandma?

Grandma Kisses from Tommy Nelson is an adorable board book that celebrates that special relationship.  It has soft illustrations of familiar animals like zebras, kangaroos, and mice that spend time with their grandmothers.  It's a great read-aloud for your toddler or preschooler!  My toddler loves looking at the animals and having her sister tell what their names are.  


Grandma Kisses, Tommy Nelson

I love the relationship my girls have with their grandmothers!  Even though they don't live super close to us, we stay in contact as much as possible.   Grandma Kisses reminds them of the love they have for their grandmothers and is something special they can read with them on their visits.
 



Preview:

 


Giveaway:
 
One reader will win Grandma Kisses ($9.99 value)

Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  
I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy Blogger
This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 9/13/15 at  3 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes as as a Tommy Nelson Mommy.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Tommy Nelson is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.


8/28/15

Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories @tommynelson #sponsored

I received a copy of Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories for review purposes as a Tommy Mommy.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

My daughter is beginning Pre-K this week and we are so excited for her to learn new skills and grow academically as well as socially.  

Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories, Gwen Ellis

With a new school year comes a busy schedule of school, homework, and activities.  We are also hoping to reinforce spiritual concepts at home and are very glad to have Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories. 

This book takes Bible stories and concepts and presents them in a compact five minute read-aloud, which is perfect to fit into our hectic back-to-school schedule.   These stories are easy to read with your toddler or preschooler because they are in kid-friendly language for this age group.


The Attic Kid has been reading these on a nightly basis with her daddy and loves them!  It gives her some special daddy time as well as builds on her Bible knowledge.  I like that they are short enough to keep a little one's attention and they make bed-time preparation less drawn out.  She brushes her teeth, listens to a story or two, and then it's lights out.  It's a great part of her bed-time routine!


Preview:

 


Giveaway:
 
One reader will win Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories ($14.99 value)

Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  
I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy Blogger
This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 9/11/15 at 11AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes as as a Tommy Nelson Mommy.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Tommy Nelson is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

8/24/15

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/24

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways


Cookie Chips Variety Pack US Only Ends 8/28



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.



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