“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” —Daniel GolemanTweet
It all started from a simple emotional intelligence (EQ) parenting workshop we (Jackie and Louie) conducted in November 2019 in Quezon City, Philippines. After teaching parents about the importance of EQ, we realized the need for resources and tools so Filipino families can start putting what they have learned into practice.
In March 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the need for children to express difficult emotions with their parents or guardians. The unprecedented and very long lockdowns coupled with little social interaction even within families brought a different kind of anxiety and stress that we have not experienced before. Many parents have expressed how being “stuck” or “trapped” at home significantly affected their children’s mental and emotional health.
How can families cope with the emotional upheaval caused by COVID-19? What can we do to help children and parents connect emotionally? The challenging situation during that time pushed us to develop emotion cards for families. Our desire to encourage family members to talk about their feelings and thoughts gave birth to our very first product—the “How Am I Feeling?” Emotion Cards set. Consequently, we created another version in Filipino language—the “Kumusta Ka?” Mga Kard ng Damdamin.
In November 2020, we established EMOSYON BIBO® as a registered company. Since then, our products have touched thousands of families and been to 13 countries and many cities around the globe. We have developed other research-based, high-quality tools and products that aim to promote and grow families in their practice of emotional intelligence.
We are grateful to many parents and educators who inspired and motivated us in this meaningful endeavor. Our work could not have been possible without your feedback and support.
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