While the end is finally in sight, a year of pandemic worries has gotten most of us a bit stressed. Imagine, then, what our kids and grandkids are feeling. They don’t have the maturity and coping skills that we’ve spent a lifetime developing.
To help more kids deal with their fears and anxieties, we’ve expanded the concept of CuddleBunnies with three new CuddleBuddies that will appeal to a wider range of kids.
More than just a group of fuzzy toys, Cuddlebuddies teach kids how to regulate their own emotions when they are worried, stressed or upset.
CuddleBuddies are soft plush toy animals that come with four wooden “comfort coins.” They utilize three scientifically proven techniques that kids can use to: 1) calm themselves down when they are angry or upset 2) help them gather their courage when they are afraid 3) let them feel loved when they are lonely, and 4) make them feel wonderful when they are embarrassed or ashamed.
The three techniques are: 1) The calming sensory stimulation of the soft cuddlebuddy 2) The repetitive motion of rubbing the coin that helps burn off nervous energy 3) The power of positive affirmations that give kids the confidence they need to face their challenges.
Cuddlebunny comes with a 2-sided instruction card for the kids (shown), and a parent’s insert for the adults, making it an educational gift for everyone.
Our new CuddleTeddy is a more traditional stuffed animal for kids who want someone with more than just ears to listen with. 6″ tall in soft plush fabric and with a “Love” bow tie, it comes with a velour pouch for the coins and an instruction sheet.
Our CuddleBug and CuddleBear are all-in-one soft friend and carrying pouch at the same time. They are perfect for kids or adults that want the soft texture and the coins but don’t want to be seen carrying stuffed animals around.
Looking for a gift that says “You Are Loved?” I liked the new CuddleTeddy Bears so much that I got some in gray to go with our silver “You Are Loved” medallions.
The front of the medallion says “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” The back simply says “You are loved.” It is attached to the teddy bear with a bead chain, and the bear can be attached to a rear-view mirror, backpack, or purse, or left on a nightstand to remind the recipient that they are, indeed, loved and oh-so-lovable.
The CuddleBuddies were designed for kids four and up, but young kids aren’t the only ones who are feeling stressed. While it is true that most adults have learned a few useful coping mechanisms, that doesn’t mean that the three tools facilitated by the CuddleBuddies can’t also be used by adults and older children. That’s why we created our Adult Affirmation Comfort Coins. They come in a soft velvet pouch that is almost as soft as the CuddleBuddies. Inside are seven affirmation coins to address the sources of stress that we adults often face.
Both sets of Comfort Coins were Inspired by our collection of Character Coins
52 different virtues is a great collection for expanding your vocabulary of virtues. Meditate on one a week, or choose a different one every day. They also make nice token gifts. But… they are a bit much for carrying around with you. Our set of 7 adult comfort coins are more focused on the virtues you need in order to stay calm and open when facing every day challenges.