We’re in an exciting and challenging time. Kids are using the internet, mobile devices, and social media earlier and earlier. While this is certainly beneficial in many ways, it also exposes them to increasingly complex emotional problems at a younger and younger age. And many children struggle to parse and communicate these emotions, especially when some are told that the best way to handle their feelings is to “man up” and ignore them, or to not have them in the first place. Childhood anxiety and depression are on the rise, and many parents are struggling to keep up with their kids, just as kids are struggling to explain how they feel.
That's Where the Game of Mixed Emotions Comes in
The Game of Mixed Emotions is the beginning of a lifelong conversation with your children. It’s not simply a card game, but instead a way to introduce a way of thinking about emotions that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. It’s a framework they’ll be able to turn to whenever they’re trying to understand the way they feel, or whenever they’re trying to better understand someone else. Whether that’s feeling great about a soccer win while empathizing with the other team; or knowing how to explain how they feel in tough situations like death or divorce; or recognizing the difference between stress and anxiety while they’re in school; or handling the transition to college and making the right choices.
The theory behind The Game of Mixed Emotions is based on research done by The Collaboration for Social Emotional Learning’s (CASEL), which found that teaching social skills and emotional well-being lowered incidences of anxiety and increased the likelihood that children would graduate college and have a full-time job by age 25.