While at BlogHer last year, I stumbled upon a booth being hosted by a company I had never heard of, promoting products I was not familiar with. On a whim, I took one of their DVDs, snapped a picture with the star “Ruby”, and headed home with a new seed in my head – I had to start talking to Bella about her feelings more.
A year later, one of our favorite DVDs is the one I picked up from The Mother Company – starring Ruby, who is a well-known figure in our house these days! Putting into words exactly what I love so much about “The Feelings Show” is a little difficult – and also a bit ironic, I know. The DVD (and books) talk about a really important issue that we often overlook when training our children – FEELINGS. In a direct and inclusive way, Ruby and her friends explain to children what it means to have feelings, what each emotion feels (and looks) like, and how to react to each of these emotions – in ourselves as well as others. Taking a positive approach and focusing on the correct behavior, as opposed to focusing only on what not to do, The Mother Company is trailing a new path in this important area!
- Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show DVD - Adorable host, Ruby, guides children on a magical journey of learning through art projects, hilarious interviews with real kids, original music, old-school animated sequences and the Garden Theater puppet show-within-a-show. Featuring the voice of Mel Brooks and the music of kindie rocker Elizabeth Mitchell.
For our younger ones, the concept of “feelings” can be so foreign and scary for them. They often don’t understand exactly what they’re feeling and aren’t sure how to express it. The Feelings Show has helped my girls tremendously! It deals with so much more than just what it means to be “mad” or what “frustrated” means – it helps your kids understand that talking through emotions is important, it is okay to feel these emotions, and how to cope with each emotion in terms they understand. Reacting appropriately to our emotions is something that most adults struggle with – so why not give your kids a head start by teaching understanding and coping skills now?!
Personally, as an adult, I appreciate the “cute” and not annoying nature of the show!! The music is awesome, the skits contagious, the kids hysterical, and the concepts very down-to-earth. This is NOT a hippie approach to feelings, this is a practical and straight forward, yet sweet and gentle discussion with your kids!
The true test of any great teaching-tool, whether it be a DVD, book, toy, or conversation, is whether it actually teaches your child anything. If your kids walk away and don’t retain or put into practice any of the information, you’re left with only the “entertainment” factor, which is fun, but not fulfilling the teaching purpose. I can remember the first time that I saw and heard proof that Bella was retaining what she was learning from The Feelings Show. She was playing with her blocks, stacking them into a tower, and it kept falling. After about the 10th try, she was obviously getting frustrated. Without any provoking from me, she took a deep breath and whispered to herself “Breathe and take it slow.” – a direct quote from one of the skits in The Feelings Show!!! I don’t think I stopped grinning all day.
Over the past year, we’ve had countless moments like this – my girls living out the lessons they’re learning thanks to The Feelings Show. I often refer back to the movie (and now books) to help reinforce these lessons in our day-to-day activities. When Bella gets upset with Gigi, I ask her to tell me how she’s feeling and what she thinks we can do to calm down. We’re able to talk through her emotions and come to a healthy resolution without tantrums, tears, or physical aggression (on either side!).
Recently, I reached out to The Mother Company and begged them to send me some of their latest products! In return, they were extremely generous and sent us 3 of their awesome books and another copy of The Feelings Show DVD (which we’ll definitely be sharing with friends)! Bella & Gigi both love the books, which mimic the stories and concepts in the movie. I highly recommend them …
- A Little Book About Feelings – A beautiful picture book with enchanting images and empowering messages. Colorful photos of handmade felt creatures engage young children as they learn about the origins, universality and variety of feelings.
- Sally Simon Simmons’ Super Frustrating Day – Follows little, red-haired whippersnapper Sally, who is hilariously tasked with building a mile-high, super tall sandwich in class. She sets off with gusto, only to watch her creations land with a splat over and over. Right alonside Sally, children will learn to breathe, take it slow, and try their best in this triumphant exploration of frustration, one of the greatest emotional challenges of early childhood (and beyond!)
- My Feelings Activity Book – Makes kids the author with fun, personalized fill-in-the-blank activities to explore who they are and how they feel. Through drawing and meaningful coloring activities, kids will get to know what makes them feel the way they do and how they can make their feelings change. (pictured)
All of the products mentioned above are available via Amazon!! You can download their latest “Little Book about Feelings” iTunes App for just $0.99, too! These items make fabulous gifts and are great teaching tools to help guide parents and children along the tumultuous road of social and emotional understanding and growth!
Thanks to The Mother Company, one fortunate reader will walk away with a fantastic Ruby’s Studio Prize Package including a copy of each of their (3) books mentioned above and a copy of Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show DVD. Just use the easy form below to enter …
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