The Positive Thinking Game
Ages 9 & Up. This exceptional therapeutic game maintains the premise that thought is the source of many of our emotional states. By becoming more aware of our self-talk and cognitive responses to situations, we can better control or select our emotions. Helpful in addressing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, anger and low self-esteem. For 2 - 6 players.
Oh, well, if depressed kids could just "control or select" their emotions they'd be just fine! Repression is a wonderful way to cope with stress! So next time Daddy is beating Mommy, just repeat to yourself, "I can choose to be happy" over and over. If you do it real loud, you might drown out the sound.
Winning at Loss
*NEW!* Ages 6-13. Designed to help guide children through the grief process, this game uses open-ended questions to facilitate discussion about: dealing with the shock; admitting the reality of the loss; feeling the pain of loss; adjusting to life after loss; and rebuilding for the future. Comes with two sets of cards & a facilitators' booklet.
How wonderfulinstead of years of pain and suffering, now (new!) we can help kids zip through the whole grief process in the time it takes to play a quick board game. I'm sure if they're having trouble "admitting the reality of the loss" that reading a special card with an "open-ended question" will really help them accept reality.
Monster Stomp Game
Ages 4 & Up. Help children gain control over things that scare them with this nonthreatening, fun-filled game. Kids mold and then stomp monsters as they travel from room to room in the goofy, monster-filled house. As players stomp monsters, they get to collect them in the monster jail.
This one is horrifying in so many ways that I don't know where to begin. A monster-filled house? What fun for a four-year-old! And how can this game give you control over things that scare you if they are things you can't control? "This monster is called 'Mommy's drinking,' this monster is called 'Daddy killed my kitten'...." This is insane. For extra fun, explain the "monster jail" to children who are anxious because a parent is in prison.
The Upside Down Divorce Game
Ages 6-12. Most children don't want to talk about divorce, but this game makes talking easy. As they go around the colorful board, they flip their playing pieces upside down. To turn them right side up, they have to learn new coping and communication skills. Children are also challenged...to express positive feelings about themselves and their future.
Am I the only one that thinks this sounds like absolute torture?
OK, enough with the extended commentary... I'll just leave you with a few of the choice titles:
- Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care
- Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents
- Why Are You So Sad? - A Child's Book About Parental Depression
- Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer
- The Year My Mommy Was Bald
- Why Did You Die?
(those last four could really be read as a series, don't you think? Oh, I know, I'm evil)
- Anger Bingo For Teens (???)
- Rufus, The Bear With Diabetes
- Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop: Why Do We Do Things We Can't Stop? (for kids with OCD)
Oh, god, I can't take it anymore!
I just had to post this since I'm trying to clean up a bit and this obviously has to go in the recycling bin! Now!