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Helping families to Chitter Chatter about emotions

Wednesday, November 27, 2019   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: children, mental wellbeing, resilience, resources

All Right? media release: 26th November 2019

Kia ora. All Right? has launched a fun new resource to help tamariki identify and manage their emotions.

Emotions can be tricky, but the more we learn about our feelings and how to manage them, the better we’re able to cope with what life throws at us.

Chitter Chatter is a new game designed for 5 to 12 year olds that makes it fun for families to get together and talk about how they feel. Chitter Chatter challenges include explaining an emotion to an alien, imagining a world where a certain feeling doesn’t exist, and acting out emotions in slow motion.

By helping tamariki learn about their emotions, Chitter Chatter helps to build skills that can be used for the rest of their lives.

Get your Chitter Chatter today

Chitter Chatter packs can be picked up for free at Christchurch libraries for a limited time.
You can order Chitter Chatter from anywhere in New Zealand for a small cost on the All Right? website.

All Right? will distribute Chitter Chatter through groups who work with Canterbury whānau when a shipment arrives at the end of the year.
Express your interest to help get Chitter Chatter to Canterbury whānau and the All Right? team will be in touch in the new year!

Chitter Chatter: Supporting good parenting

Ōtautahi child psychologist Catherine Gallagher says there are so many messages around what ‘good’ parenting looks like, and it is easy for parents to feel like they're falling short of their own expectations.

“What I like about Chitter Chatter is that through playing this game with your kids you are officially doing some ‘great’ parenting! You’re having fun, spending time together and teaching them about emotions,” Gallagher says.

"As parents it’s important to support our children when they are feeling specific emotions to help them make sense of what they mean and what we can do to move through them. While this can sound like a tall order, most parents are probably doing a great job of this already.

"Sometimes however we just need a wee reminder of why it is so important and how to do this stuff with some confidence. These cards are a great place to start," says Gallagher.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch