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Games That Develop Kids’ Emotional Skills

Businesses are finding that most successful people have one thing in common: the ability to deal with people. But successful employees don’t learn this skill when they enter the work force; they learn it at an early age.

As a parent, you may wonder how to help your children develop the emotional skills they need to get through life and be successful in their future careers.

It’s a challenging task, but one game manufacturer has set out to make it easier through its series of “emotional intelligence” board games.

Parents looking for ways to breach difficult topics; teach their children about qualities such as empathy, problem solving, assertiveness and good manners; or who just want to have some family fun will find many opportunities in the following products from Oikos Global:

* Oikos Game Levels 1 to 3: Through active play, children learn positive strategies to handle common emotional situations relating to anger, aggression, fear and conflict.

* A 31 Day Success Principles for Kids and Teens: Each card contains a success principle – such as “know your purpose” or “be persistent” – and a mini-biography of a famous person who made use of that principle.

* A 31 Day Positive Affirmations for Kids and Teens: Each card contains one affirmation to read each day. The intention is for kids to focus on their strengths and positive attributes.

Oikos Global also offers fun family games such as Fikloo, a party game of crazy commands, and Wordigy, a challenging and educational word game.

Oikos games and activities might get your children thinking beyond the latest “must have” video game or DVD. They also make good gifts for holidays, birthdays and graduations.

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