Author Ruffner developed Making Friends With Feelings as a way to help children ages 3-8 understand and address challenging feelings or circumstances they encounter. The book follows bunnies Molly, Buddy and Shiner as they experience big emotions and comfort each other with compassion and love.
“We love our story time with children, but we also know a one-time book reading doesn’t provide the repeated opportunities to learn, develop, and practice the skills defined by early childhood education programs for school readiness and success in life,” said Ruffner. “This is why we are also developing discussion guide lessons for parents and teachers to be used in conjunction with our book. We are incorporating the skills and behaviors that have been identified by early childhood educators and current scientific research and theory to further the relation-based learning techniques. Our goal is to affect lasting change in addressing the mental health of our youth through the development of their social and emotional competencies.”
The Neugroove booth will be located south of the State Capitol, near the Heroes of the Alamo Monument and the Children's Bubble Zone. For more information about Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, please visit https://cmhaustin.weebly.com/.
Neugroove® is a lifestyle brand created to help the world suffer less and love more through healing – one soul at a time. The vision of Neugroove is to instill a new understanding of self-love that leads to a culture of authentic, visible compassion for self and others, going beyond optimism or empathy. In addition, Neugroove offers inspirational products, coaching services, and free information about little-known mental health resources. Every purchase helps grow Neugroove’s quarterly donation to mental health charities. More information is available at Neugroove.com and MakingFriendsWithFeelings.com.