After recently spending some time chatting with my young niece, I learned that the Monster High television show and dolls are currently her very favourite. She loves the originality of the characters and the way they show off their personality and style even with their ghoulish appearances. And I have to admit, I’m a bit of a fan myself! The characters tackle problems that little ones can relate to, and the story of Monster High’s newest ghoul, Gooliope Jellington is the perfect example of that.
Gooliope was created when a science experiment went wrong, and her adoptive parents knew she was something special when she grew to be over fifteen feet tall. Now she takes pride in ensuring that everyone is included and reminding her Monster High friends that differences should be celebrated! If you have a little one that’s nervous about starting a new activity or going to a different school, Gooliope has four tips to help kids embrace that new environment:
We all have concerns for our little ones, especially when they face a potentially challenging situation. To help your child prepare for their new environment act how you want them to feel. Little ones can easily pick up on how you feel and it will have a significant impact on how they feel themselves. If you show them that you are happy and excited for the change, rather than concerned and fearful, they are more likely to feel positive about the transition.
Help Them Connect
Transitions are always easier with a friend by your side! Where possible, help your child find a connection with a new friend before school or their new activity starts. This can be accomplished by setting up play dates or visiting local parks and community centers. Once your little one has at least one new friend, the new environment will be much less scary.
Scope Out the School
Sometimes the biggest trepidation around a new school or activity is the fear of the unknown. In advance of the first day of school, practice your commute to the new school with your little one. Once you arrive, take some time to look around the schoolyard and maybe even find their designated entrance to the school. The more they can explore in advance, the more confident they will feel.
Remind your little ones that even though they’ll feel pressure to fit in, they should be unique, be different and be themselves. Encourage them to pursue their interests and act as they would if they were at home.
Right now, Monster High is gearing up for a brand new activity too…the release of its first ever musical DVD, Boo York! And to get your little one excited about this great new musical, Mattel has put together a very special giveaway. One lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader is going to win a prize pack containing a Monster High Gooliope Jellington doll and a Monster High Freak du Chic doll, a $65 total value! To enter to win, just check out the music videos from the upcoming Boo York movie and leave a blog comment about which one is your child’s favourite.
Change can be scary and feeling different can be hard, but with a little encouragement, every little ghoul will shine when she tries something new. Take a tip from Gooliope and remind your child that being original and accepting others that are different are the best ways to enjoy all kinds of new things!