Supporting Children with Coping Kits: Spotlight and Giveaway on Childhood Matters

I love coping kits! It’s a great way for children to feel validation and find healthy ways to express their emotions. Coping kits are also great gift ideas for families adapting to changes such as a new baby, illness, or loss of a loved one.

I’m thrilled to feature Childhood Matters, as their coping kits are filled with fun and supportive tools for families.

Guest Blogger, Shaleena Tareen from Childhood Matters

Childhood Matters is a small business that designs curated toolboxes to meet the needs of children navigating through major life events. Their coping toolboxes offer resources utilizing play therapy, bibliotherapy, ecotherapy, art therapy, mindfulness, and sensory integration to help children prepare and cope with big emotions. They are big believers in play and all their activities make play a priority.

The following Curated Toolboxes are available at Childhood Matters:

The purpose of teaching mindfulness through this tool box is to give children skills to develop an awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered, and to provide tools for control.

The grief box consists of tools to help a child, sibling, or parent grieve, cope, heal and grow. Through this toolkit, resources are provided for understanding the grieving process, coping with different kinds of loss, and how to provide age-specific support to children

Play is therapeutic for children and it helps a child transition from feeling upset or worried to a state of flow. Flow states occur when a child is deeply absorbed in play. This is when they discover new things, increase their exploration, and even work through stressors they may feel. This toolbox is especially helpful for a hospitalized child.

The self-identity/diversity toolbox was designed to help support the development of a strong sense of self and help children learn about diversity and inclusion. It strives to cultivate compassion and kindness towards one’s self and others

The Nature toolbox was designed to encourage children to be outdoors, connect with nature, and have a greater appreciation for the environment. Nature therapy reduces children’s stress levels and enhances their health and mental performance

The Childhood Matter’s Wellness Toolbox was created as a tool to support parents or other caregivers in helping their children manage the medical experience. This coping tool was developed to increase positive coping strategies utilizing evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral coping techniques (e.g., relaxation, play, social support seeking).

The sensory toolbox holds a variety of sensory and distraction activities that can be used to both calm and stimulate a child’s sensory system.  Sensory activities, or re-centering activities, are the perfect way to help children get from a place of anxiousness to a place of regulation. These tools are often used with children who need to go through painful and stressful procedures.

The older sibling toolbox was designed to help children prepare for the arrival of a new baby. The arrival of a new baby brings many changes to a family, and sometimes older siblings have a hard time adjusting. Preparing your children for their younger sibling can help ease this transition. Makes a great gift for the expecting sibling from parents, friends, and family members.

Build Your Box & Ala Carte

In addition to the curated toolboxes, you also have the option of building your own box by picking out the items of your choice to add to the box. Individual items and books can be purchased from the ala carte  section of the website

We will be giving away 1 Coping Toolbox to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends. 
  3. Facebook: Follow Childhood Matters and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Childhood.Matters tag two friends.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 11/20/21. Open to U.S. residents.

Teaching Social and Emotional Learning Through Games: Spotlight and Giveaway with Game On Family

It’s important to educate children about social and emotional skills at a young age. It can provide a foundation for understanding self-regulation, empathy for others, and how to express feelings in a healthy way. As children grow to become teenagers and young adults, they have to continue to strengthen these skills.

As a child life specialist supporting children and teens coping with life’s challenges, I utilize play, art, games, and books to strengthen coping skills. I have been using Game On Family’s resources and love them.

Game On Family creates family-friendly, educational games and books that support mental health & connection. They believe that learning happens best through play. They thrive on producing fun products that aid parents, teachers, and mental health professionals. Together you can build our kids’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and improve life outcomes through play! Find their products at Amazon.com/GameOnFamily

Click here to get a 20% discount on your purchase until 10/7/21


We will be giving away a SEL bundle of Game On Family products to 2 winners.

It will include:

  • 1 Feelings and Dealings game
  • 1 Shined Mind game
  • 1 Feelings and Dealings Coloring Book
  • 1 Feelings and Dealings Storybook.
Click here to enter the GIVEAWAY

For an additional entry choose below:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.
  3. Facebook: Follow Game On Family and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @GameOnFamilyCom tag two friends in the post.

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 10/3/21. Open to U.S. residents.

Learning Positive Self-Talk

Guest Blogger, Genevieve Lowry

Spirituality for Kids International Inc. (SFK) is an educational non-profit that builds social-emotional learning (SEL). SEL content and programs equip children with the tools to adapt, grow and learn the life skills needed to face adversity and challenges. After a year like no other children need opportunities to explore interests, identify strengths, and tap into the support that will help them to feel safe again. Through evidenced and asset-based curriculum, videos, and hands-on activities, SFK teaches children viable ways to tap into their inner strengths and see their true potential. Using a unique and immersive learning experience, SFK strives to support children and those who care for them in home, school, and community settings by strengthening relationships, developing self-awareness, and teaching tools for responsible decision making.

Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work with the team at SFK reviewing materials and videos that help children trust in themselves, learn to recognize their own gifts, and identify helpers who encourage children to become all they can be. I have found them to be innovative thinkers and always open to fresh ideas. Their new short-form video series is no exception. SFK wants to know what parents, caregivers, and professionals think about their videos and accompanying materials. They are requesting you watch the following videos and answer a short survey in hopes to acquire data that will help the organization to know if they are hitting their mark.

Shine On

This short animation is about the two opposite inner voices inside our heads that often drive us nuts and confuse us. It’s a story about overcoming fears and insecurities and the bravery to shine our light.

The concepts in this lesson covered in the video and activities are:

  • Getting to know my two inner voices
  • Advocating for my Goals
  • Turning down the volume of the Challenging Voice
  • Mapping out my Goals

Click Here for the Shine On Activities: PDF 

Take the Survey and let us know what you think.

Learn more at SFK.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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