Bright and happy activities for children after tragedy strikes

A tragic event most commonly leaves us adults feeling confused, sad, angry and fearful.  And if we cannot make sense of a tragedy or if our fears have been triggered, then imagine how children feel.  If adults feel fearful after tragedy or its the aftermath, then how do we keep our children feeling safe?

With my background in the expressive arts and folklore, I've worked with traumatized children in a variety of settings. After receiving questions from a few parents and clients this past week, I decided to compile a quick list of the creative activities that I  most commonly utilize.  These activities have two main objectives:

1.) To make sure the child feels safe enough to open up and talk about anything with a parent or an adult

2.) To make sure the child knows that the parent or the adult will do everything possible to keep him or her safe in this world

While we may not always have the power to control what happens in the world around us, we do have the power to give children constructive tools to help them deal with the problems within the world as well as to show children that the world is still BRIGHT HAPPY and MAGICAL.

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Before I list my activities, I would like to mention the importance of not creating a fearful environment for children. Children are extremely sensitive to the news and to adult reactions. If adults are walking around saying "How could this happen?" or "What an absolute tragedy" or if adults are fixating on the television, then this is creating a fearful environment for children. Try limiting your own news intake and read this post about creating a positive environment. It's good to let children know that feeling scared or sad is perfectly acceptable as long as we offer some tools to cope with the feelings. Just make sure that our own fears are not creating a fearful environment and make sure that the environment is appropriate for a child's developmental stage.

Here is a list of creative activities to help children work through a tragedy:

1.) Creative Writing and Storytelling.  Telling and writing stories are not only excellent outlets for emotion, but they also help children process a tragedy, even when their creative story may not seem like it's related to the event.  For example, I often hear tales of superheros and children born with special powers after a tragedy occurs. Even if the characters aren't engaging with the tragedy itself, it is soothing for children to believe in the safety these legendary people offer the world and it is empowering for children to believe that they have special abilities in a world where they may feel powerless.

Let children create their own stories regardless of the themes that may arise--they are inserting their concerns and feelings into the story. If themes of violence or tragedy do occur, then play a mutual storytelling game where the child tells the story first, then you either tell, reenact or use puppets to retell a modified version of the story. Throw in fun and magical twists as well as positive tools or messages to address any issues that appeared in the first tale.  (Keep messages simple, "I love you," "I will do everything to keep you safe," "There is so much good in this world," etc.)

2.) Art. A variety of art materials should always be available to children. Sometimes children don't want to talk about what they have seen or heard about a tragedy. Chalk, crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints, finger paints and clay are all excellent tools to help your child express their conscious and unconscious thoughts. When your child is finished, ask questions about their artwork and really listen to their answers as well as acknowledge their feelings. Try not to push them into talking, just ask a few questions and let them lead the conversation.

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3.) Creative Play. Children often process the world around them by engaging in play. Encourage children to use their imaginations to explore situations and outcomes. Try not to correct them if violence or scary themes arise, just gently redirect them to more positive ideas and solutions for resolving their anger. (Remember, we want to encourage children to open up and talk, so if we scold them for violent thoughts, they are likely to keep their ideas to themselves.)

A sensory table can also be therapeutic for a child. Fill a container with brightly colored sand or Kool-aid dyed pasta shapes and allow your child to use his or her toys (miniature humans, animals, houses, trees) for creative play. Pay attention because the child most commonly will use the toys to represent their needs.

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And finally, interacting with puppets or offering some stuffed animals for comfort and anger release are also great tools to inspire creative play. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own puppets:

4.) Go to an uplifting movie or to a storytelling event. After a tragedy (especially a tragedy that directly impacts a child), it may be difficult for children to believe that the world is a bright and happy place and that there is an infinite amount of positive experiences just waiting for them. Experiencing uplifting, inspiring or even just silly stories often shifts this negative outlook. I specifically write and perform my stories to not only make children smile and feel magical, but my stories also keep them feeling empowered, inspired and hopeful. Engaging in positive stories can be key to helping children cope with tragedy.

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5.) Focus on the good. Take a trip around town looking for all of the hardworking and caring people in this world. You can even design a scavenger hunt for younger children and include things like a police car, a police person, a fire truck, a fire person, a paramedic, an ambulance, healthcare workers, a teacher, a trained guide dog, a school, etc. By showing a child that there are lots and lots of positive people who care for this world, you are offering him or her hope and reassurance.

I do hope that this post offers you some ideas to help create a brighter and happier world for the children around you. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to address a specific issue in a blog post.

Lots of love and an extra magical hug,

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A magical interview with Petrene Soames!

Today I have a very magical surprise! I am posting my interview with superstar visionary Petrene Soames!!

Petrene is not only the brightest, happiest and most intelligent person I know, but she uses her unique and, not to mention, internationally recognized skill set to help people attain their brightest and happiest selves! (I can attest to this because I've experienced Petrene's talents first hand-- yes, even Emmy Blue needed help unleashing her inner bright and happy magic, you know.)

Just take a look! She's a star burst of bright and happy magic, right?! Rainbow hair! A glowing smile! WOW! How inspiring!

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And here is my favorite photo of Petrene with her beautiful and magical rescue horse, Sky Blue. Yes, you read that correctly, Sky BLUE(By the way, Petrene also uses her amazing abilities to heal and rescue abused and neglected animals.) 

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If you are unfamiliar with Petrene's work, her award-winning books and methods are used all around the world. She has developed her own unique techniques designed to clear away and heal from any blocks that prevent us from being who we truly are and to unlock our true potential. Her gentle and simple tools and exercises have guided thousands to lead happier lives. And what makes Petrene's methods so unique is that she empowers and teaches us how to connect to our own inner wisdom so that we can heal ourselves and live the lives that we were born to enjoy!

You are in for a HUGE treat because Petrene just wrote another fantastic book called The Process. The book takes you on a 21-day personal journey guided by Petrene's positive affirmations and multidimensional artwork from the brilliant artist Amazing Tree (AT). Petrene includes her very own exercises and supportive words to help you along your way.

After my own 21-day journey, I was so excited over The Process that I asked Petrene for a magical interview (or should I say, "Inner View").

Lucky for us, she said YES!!

So without further ado, I present to you my magical interview with visionary Petrene Soames:

1.) I've called you an expert metaphysician, a healer, a mentor, a therapist and a multidimensional living expert because I haven't found a word in our language that identifies what you do. Before we talk about The Process, could you explain what you do for a living and shed some light on this often misunderstood and misrepresented field?

Hello Emmy. Well, all of the titles that you used are true because they are all parts of who I am and what I do. A more specific explanation of what I do is that I look at people to see who they are, where they are, what is stopping or blocking them from being happy, from expressing themselves and from getting the things they want. Over the years, I have developed unique sessions and therapies to help people remove, clear and overcome those blocks. As a sensitive, I can see and feel beyond the everyday and the obvious in order to pinpoint what is really going on and to know the easiest and quickest ways to resolve things.

I have come to understand that we need to heal the emotional, mental, and physical self and that this is absolutely possible no matter who you are or where you come from. The therapies that I developed and use include Healing, Rebirthing, Regression, Progression, and Digression. Even if you have heard these therapy names before or feel like you understand them, my techniques are completely unique as they are my own. (For example, I do not use hypnosis because it's just not necessary.) While I understand someone's hesitance because my methods are not mainstreamed yet, what I offer is more than common, ordinary and safe. And since I am a sensitive, I have the ability to follow everything through and get the very best results. Feel free to check my website to read my articles and learn more about my methods.

The misunderstood word, I suppose, is "Psychic."  Sadly, I understand that many people say they are psychic or use the word psychic, when perhaps they are not. So, unfortunately, it's a word that may not be highly respected or even understood. And yet, if more people experienced a bona fide psychic's true worth by receiving genuine help, there would not be such misconceptions. I am a real and genuine psychic. I use ESP and I do not rely on cards or other mediums to connect with an individual. I only need an individual's name, his or her voice, or a photo to link with someone's own unique vibration. Of course, I also teach other people how to connect with and develop their own psychic and healing abilities, too, because it is a lot simpler than people realize.

Above everything, I do my job because I love, love life. It's amazing! And I know that each and everyone of us is also amazing, so I have a huge desire and commitment to help people love their lives, see how amazing they really are and be all they can be.

2.) What prompted you to create The Process?

The Process came about when I was in Taiwan with one of my students whose Chinese name translates into English as Amazing Tree (AT). I was teaching a series of workshops and she was having her first public art show. During this trip, we discussed how, on one level or another, everyone in the world needs help. We identified the need for more retreats for people-- retreats where people can really work on themselves and get outstanding results. We understood that money and time is a big obstacle for most people, but we didn't want this to stop what needed to be done.  So, together, we devised The Process, which blends AT's New Dimensional Art and my words and Positive Thought Cards with journaling for a 21-day period. Now, with little cost and only a few minutes a day, people can get even better results than they could on a retreat.

3.) What is The Process?

The Process is a simple and, yet, a wonderfully magical system presented in a colorful, easy-to-follow guidebook that creates positive changes. The placement and order of AT's paintings and my words, as well as the page colors, the fonts and the use of my Positive Thought Cards, all work together to make up The Process.  The book has been meticulously calculated to create very real positive shifts in those who use it. 

4.) Did you have a particular population, age group or person in mind when creating this book? 

I did not have a specific age group in mind for The Process. It really does work for everyone. If you can read (or have someone read to you) and see the paintings, then it will work for you. It works for individuals who feel lost or stuck (perhaps even for a long time) as well as individuals who feel they don't have any problems. Since I work with children, I made sure that younger people can also use The Process. (Before ten-years-old, I recommend doing The Process with an adult's help). 

Overall, The Process will bring more positive change, goodness and benefits into every individual's life regardless of age, background, lifestyle, etc.

5.) What types of transformations can one expect upon completing The Process?

Transformations will, of course, be varied.  Since its release, we have received a wide variety of amazing feedback from people who have used The Process.

Often, those who need the most help or who are open to change, get the most benefit. Just remember: Anything is possible! I ask that users keep this in mind and be open to being amazed. I have had reports of people receiving money in the mail when they were at their very very lowest point, meeting the love of their lives, going ahead and doing something that they always wanted to do and having it working out great beyond expectation.

We all have something that we want or need such as more self love and awareness, more self confidence, more people treating us in better ways or even just more people hearing us. There are so many possibilities that can and will happen as a direct result from using The Process. I have even heard from people noticing real change and real results in the first few days of starting the system. We can't wait to hear how The Process worked for you and we post responses and results on our website as we receive them. 

6.) Is there a message or a theme in The Process that you want readers to truly grasp?

Yes-- You can change your life no matter how unlikely and impossible it might seem. All you have to do is change your thoughts, get on a different vibration and go with a different kind of flow. The Process was designed to help you with these steps. It truly helps you connect with yourself and as you do this, you enter the magic of transformation. You really can do anything, and indeed anything and everything is possible.

In a section of the book titled "No Excuses," I talk about all of the different ways that you can move forward and use The Process. So even if you find it hard to start or hard to finish The Process, you will always receive benefits. No matter how you utilize The Process, there are always positive outcomes.

7.) Lastly, do you have advice for anyone who may want a brighter and happier life, but who may feel stuck or confused right now?

My advice for people who feel stuck and down is:

  • Try The Process now
  • Visit Emmy Blue often for color, magic and inspiration
  • Stop by my website to read uplifting articles and top ten tips lists
  • Wear color and think in color
  • Get outside when possible
  • Breathe deeply and stretch your body
  • Get more sleep
  • Have something to look forward to
  • Love someone or something in your life
  • Write or doodle because self expression creates movement and movement is key to transformation!

I am also available for personal sessions to give real help, real answers and real perspectives. Help is there, all you have to do is reach out. 

Thank you Emmy Blue I love you, love your work, love the website, thank you for making the world a better brighter and happier place. I look forward to hearing from you and your readers.

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If every person reading this blog would practice getting in touch with themselves each and every day, the world would literally be a much brighter and happier place! The Process has the potential to improve your life on multiple levels. So whether you are looking to add some more fun and smiles or if you need to shift into healthier and happier life patterns, please check out Petrene's groundbreaking book and connect with her on Facebook!

Have a bright, happy and magical day! Xoxo

Lots of love,

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P.S. Here is Petrene's contact information should you have questions for her. Xx

 

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Emmy Blue's Happy World

Welcome, friends!

As you may have noticed, my website is under construction. Everything should be redesigned and in working order by late spring. (Including some new features: bright and happy stories, creative activities and magical videos geared towards children.) But in the meantime, I hope that today's post offers insight into the shift from Emmy Blue Enchantments to Emmy Blue's Happy World. Enjoy...

 We need a BRIGHTER and HAPPIER world. And I full-heartedly believe this is something that each one of us can create together by:

1.) Dismissing negativity 

2.) Spreading positive words, surrounding ourselves with positivity, expressing more of our unique creativity and gifting more smiles to everyone around us-- Yes, to everyone. Every single person. Even people who we may find irritating, people who have hurt us as well as people with different understandings of the world than we may have. 

By taking these actions, we will suppress negative patterns and older ways of thinking and we will cultivate positivity and inspire change. This is the path to a BRIGHTER, HAPPIER and more MAGICAL world!

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Here are three things YOU can do using social media to create a happier world:

1.) Before posting, reposting or responding to a news story, an update or a photo on Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter, ask yourself if the post or response will bring a smile to faces or have a negative impact on others. If it will bring even one person down (or maybe just ruffle some feathers), try posting something bright and happy.

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2.) Before complaining about your day or posting criticism about another person or a group of people, ask yourself what positive or happy words, photographs or other creative work you can share with the public. Plenty of bright and happy things flood our days, sometime it's just a matter of opening our eyes. I look forward to finding the bright and happy magic in each hour!

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3.) Spread smiles and cultivate positive thoughts by liking, sharing, reposting and retweeting positive stories, updates and photos!

Here are three things your children can do to create a happier world:

1.) Next time you go to the market or run errands, have a smile contest. See how many smiles each child can put on the faces of strangers while in public. Let them be creative with this activity and watch them in action because children are our best teachers.

2.) Next time your children need something to do, ask them to make small happy pictures or crafts that would bright up someone's day. Then help your child surprise a random business (e.g. your bank, a restaurant, your own workplace) by dropping off these pictures or crafts. Tell the business that you appreciate their work and that your child made them presents for their offices and cubicles. Let your child see  and feel the happiness their gifts bring to others. Their creative work holds an unlimited amount of positive power.

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3.) Ask your child to imagine a happy world and take the time to explore this world creatively. Let them describe the world, draw it, make a giant collage of it, explore it through creative play or you could even put on a talent show from that silly world as a family. Then identify the elements that makes their world so happy and post these happy elements somewhere that is visible every day. Come up with ideas on how to pull these elements into your family's day-to-day life. (Even if your child has come up with fictional characters who eat cotton candy clouds, be imaginative and find ways to incorporate this.)

I believe you and your children will brighten many days and lift spirits with these  SIMPLE ideas.

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We are confronted with oodles of negativity on a daily basis. It is time to step over and plow through this negativity in order to lay the positive framework for a happy world.  Don't worry, by doing this we are not ignoring the "harsh realities" of the world, we are CHANGING IT ONE POSITIVE THOUGHT AT A TIME. Our thoughts create our futures, after all!

So if you want a place where people are positive...

A place where we lighten up and laugh...

A place where we express and play with our creativity easily and freely...

A place where children and inner-children from the ages of 0 to 120 years old are safe and loved...

...then join me and many other positive people here at EMMY BLUE's HAPPY WORLD! Join us on Facebook and invite your friends into this fresh new way of life!

Let's use our unique talents and voices to spread positive thoughts and no longer feed the existing negativity.

Let's be happy activists together! 

Let's create a BRIGHT and HAPPY world! Lots of love to you today!

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