PARENTS & ADULTS
One of the most rewarding, challenging, and important jobs we will ever have is parenthood. How does one realistically prepare a child for the many obstacles life will present? Today, with most households having two parents working, we felt it important to create products and tools that can assist in knowing what is going on in your child’s life and in a timely fashion. Onionhead opens doors to intimacy and communication, in a quick and inviting way. From testimonials, parents are doing Onionhead cards and stories before bed. Or they use the cards after supper and the whole family picks cards, and then shares their feelings about what happened that day.
Two of the best tools we can give our children are empathy and self-awareness. Learning how to work with others in a loving and healthy way or how to negotiate through life’s ups and downs is key to successful living. Onionhead teaches us what to do with what we feel, thereby developing the ability to be honest with ourselves and have compassion and concern for the welfare of others.
"Onionhead has been a great tool that I have been using with my son who is PDD as well as his younger twin brothers. We have the alphabet display boards in their rooms as their border and we have the peace flags hanging as well. Just having that around makes a big difference. It shows all the boys that there is more than happy and sad and it begins to teach them a much bigger range of emotions.
Even before they were reading they learned all the words and using the cards and dictionary each night became our ritual. After our nightly books we each pick 2 cards from the deck at random. When they were very small they would make the face that Onionhead makes, then either they or I would read the word and we’d go to the dictionary for the definition and read the short story there. Then, we each use the cards we picked to tell something about our day.
The kids of course do not like to pick the heavy emotions and always laugh, put it back into the pile and pick again. Since the usual responses when they come home from school is that they did nothing and can’t remember anything, using the cards to start communication amongst us all is great and allowed me to know how they were feeling. This gives me tremendous insight that is invaluable for a parent to have. Once you know how they feel you can work with them, help them and provide them tools for how to deal with that feeling but the hard part is finding out and Onionhead does that for you.
The tools have made a tremendous difference in our lives and in our relationship and I am forever grateful. I couldn’t imagine a night without Onionhead and if I do forget the boys quickly remind me, they love it as much as I do. It is a great bonding experience and you’ll be surprised that you’ll find some insight to your own feelings as well, an added bonus!" ~ Tracy, NY
The Adventures of Onionhead in Space
A-Z Magnet Set
For Tweens, Teens and Parents
Tweens & Teens Feeling Deck of Cards - great for adults also
Tweens & Teens Feeling Dictionary