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Emotional Intelligence with Afectiva, our Wishmakers of the month!
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November 27, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

This month´s Wishmakers are Belén Robles, María García-Parrado and Raquel Burguillo, the three psychologists that founded Afectiva, A School of Emotional and Social Development.  After years of training and experience working with children, teenagers and families, they decided to share their vision of psychology and create this project. Their work method is based on close ties and trust as they want the people who come to the school to feel welcomed and offer them a place where they can express themselves freely. We asked them how parents could develop their children´s emotional intelligence as well as how to best manage emotions, cultivate empathy and avoid bullying.

CONI, our Wishmakers of the month celebrate solitary birthdays
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October 30, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our wishmaker of the month is Alex Sebastián, founder of CONI. This non-profit organization was born among a group of young voluntary workers, who decided to coordinate their skills and focus on Guatemala. CONI, declared as Public Use in 2014, does not receive money from the State. Since their expenses are taken care of in Spain by private members, they guarantee that the support they receive is entirely invested in their projects in Guatemala. Imagination, hope, energy and enthusiasm are the tools they employ to search for new ways to get people involved. Proof of this is muchosmas.org, an original idea with which they propose to turn birthday parties into solidary events, which also teaches our children to be aware of inequalities worldwide. It´s not a question of helping but of having kids participate in the solutions.

Berta Dominguez & Little Big Kids: our Wishmakers this month!
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September 28, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmaker this month is Berta Dominguez, founder of Little Big Kids, a creative centre for children located in a cosy, magical house in Madrid, Spain. Ascribed to the Spanish Pedagogy Society, their main mission is to develop innovative thematic workshops (ancient Egypt, Sherlock Holmes, Space Adventures, Art, etc.) where the little ones´ imagination and knowledge is stimulated while they learn about respecting the environment. Although Dominguez spent many years helping companies market products to children (Disney was one of her clients), her dream was to set up a company of her own, where she could offer her “vision of how to interact with kids in a more creative and stimulating way.” Five years later, Little Big Kids is a reality and their core curriculum consists of tailored made activities for schools but it also offers a fantastic alternative to the classic birthday parties! Your kids will probably have never experienced something like it before. As the founder says: “there are nothing like it”. Little Big Kids is a wonderful space. Join us by reading our interview and discover Little Big Kids!

This month´s Wishmakers: Common Sense Media
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August 31, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Every month, here at The Toy Blog, we select and interview people who work with and for children. People whose ideas, organizations and projects inspire and help make this world a better place. We call them our Wishmakers. Today, we are excited and very proud to publish our conversation with Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization, which aims to give all children the opportunity to thrive. How? By informing parents and educators about the media their children consume and about the ever-increasing role of technology in the lives of young people.

Plataforma de Infancia: this month´s Wishmakers
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July 29, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Every month, in our Wishmakers section, we offer you exclusive interviews with people who are passionate about working for and with children. Whether it is inspiring them to make their ideas a reality or travelling to the world´s most dangerous places offering smiles and hope, all of them work hard to make this planet a better place for everyone. Today, we had the chance to speak with Pilar Muñoz Villanueva, the person responsible for Child Participation at Plataforma de Infancia (Childhood Platform, in English). She designs activities so children between the ages of 6 and 17 know their rights and the policies, which affect them. Keep reading to learn more about the work they do, how to speak with your children about their rights and discover some of the surprising insights they come up with, when we listen.

 

Clowns without Borders – this month´s Wishmakers!
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March 31, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Imagine a job where the requirements are a huge smile, good vibes and love for children. No, we aren´t talking about a storybook, a play or a circus. We are speaking of Clowns without Borders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer laughter to relieve the suffering of all people, especially children, who live in areas including refugee camps, conflict zones and emergency situations. The professional artists who work with Clowns without Borders are probably the bravest clowns in the entire planet. At The Toy Blog we´ve had the chance to interview one of them. Keep reading to discover how laughter can become the best weapon against adversity and learn why Clown without Borders are this months´ Wishmakers.