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Talking Faces, learning about emotions
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October 5, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Cultivating emotional intelligence should be one of our priorities when it comes to raising our kids. Like we pointed out in this article, if children learn to manage their emotions, they come to accept themselves and others. Here, at The Toy Blog, we also mentioned how to cultivate this learning process in your day-to-day but now, we´d like to show you another way to get your kids to learn about emotions by analysing them with the fun game of Talking Faces. This app, available for iPhone and iPad will also get them thinking about their future, something kids love to do as they discover how the world works.

Developed by Bubl, Talking Faces is an educational app that helps kids between 2 and 4 years old learn about the most common professions and the tools that each one requires. There are a total of 10, including a policeman, construction worker, cook and athlete. What does your child want to be? To help them in their game, they get to choose among three types of characters too: girl, boy, animal.

If this weren’t enough, the app includes a great number of accessories, so your children can create their own avatar and change the colour and shape of their face, hair, eyes, nose and mouth. Without even realizing it, they will be developing their creative skills.

The interesting thing about this app is that the characters reflect emotions, giving children the possibility of interpreting their feelings. Like Peppy Pals, another app we reviewed at The Toy Blog, your children will learn the value of empathy through determined actions and will be able to put themselves in other´s shoes just by looking at the different faces. Make sure to ask them how their virtual friends feel. Is he/she sad, happy, angry? If they´re able to distinguish emotions while playing, they´ll be able to apply this in the real world.

Your kids will have to pay attention because they´ll have to feed their character, an activity that will teach them to learn how to become responsible through play. Another great thing about this app is they´ll have a chance to talk to the faces. If your child speaks to them, the avatar will repeat their words!

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Teaching kids how to manage their emotions

Like all parents, at one point or another surely, you´ve asked yourself: “why does my son hit his sister?” or  “Why does she refuse to do her homework” or even  “why do they lie when they know they´ve done something bad?”

Many parents and some child psychologists believe that it’s due to the lack of limits or not imposing consequences when there has been a bad behaviour. According to Kenneth Barish, in an article published in the Huffington Post, “kids behave in this way because they´re trapped in the present emotion.”

So, it’s important they learn to control them. But be careful, this doesn’t just mean managing their anger but being able to think constructively about how to deal with their feelings. When they become overwhelmed, they should learn to listen and think. If they´re frustrated, they shouldn’t give up. When they´re nervous, they should vent their energy, if they´re thrilled about something, they shouldn’t t let that overpower them to make a wrong decision.

Barish believes that children learn to handle their emotions better when they feel they can listen to their feelings. Every day, we must listen to them and in these conversation, children will learn that their negative feelings, can be managed with their help and their parents. This will unable them to let go of that feeling of catastrophe and will be open and flexible to find solutions. They´ll also find a way out of feeling guilty and will assume the consequences of their actions.

Barish adds: “When we accept an value the emotions of our children, we are helping them feel better by being better in all aspects in their life.”

How do you help your children manage their emotions?

Photo Credits: Bubl

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