Peppy Talks

Welcome to our expert blog designed just for you. It’s a simple and effective guide providing you with quality time together with your kids; playing together, laughing and having fun while you both learn life-changing lessons. We provide short tips on how to integrate emotional intelligence into your everyday interaction – in 1 minute!

The 1-minute Peppy Talks is written by Paulina Olsson and based on Bodil Wennberg’s knowledge and expertise. Bodil is a renown psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence books in the Nordic, EQ for Parents.

June 14, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Helping kids overcome their childhood fears

Fear only exist in our own mind, still something that feels so real. For kids this is often more prevalent than for adults, and it’s a phase they go through. A first more »

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May 31, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Angry like a bee or big like an elephant?

Our personality is our emotional qualities and ways of behaving that makes us different from somebody else. It is something that develops as we grow older. For kids, it’s important to be more »

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May 17, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Teaching kids not to be selfish

As toddlers go from being more self-centered individuals to learning the concept of empathy and seeing things from different perspectives, there are multiple fights and disputes we as adults will more »

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May 5, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

How storytelling can help kids develop perspective taking

Perspective taking is the ability to understand another person’s thoughts, feelings, wants, and needs. Developing this social skill will help kids deal with all sorts of situations, ranging from handling more »

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April 19, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

A rainbow of friends to teach kids respect

Just like the rainbow is made up of a bunch of different colors, the world is made up of all kinds of people. For kids to develop healthy relationships it’s important more »

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April 5, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Explaining to kids what being nice means

Being kind might feel like the most natural thing, still our children grow up hearing “You look like such a geek in those glasses”, “What an ugly sweater she is wearing” and more »

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March 22, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Teaching kids social skills: Making Eye-contact

It’s not strange that many children find it hard to look someone in the eyes, regardless if it’s family, a friend or a complete stranger. Developing this social skill is a part of more »

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March 8, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Using a traffic light toolkit to help kids regulate their emotions

Sometimes children need extra help with regulating their emotions. Using a traffic light with different colors is a good way of helping kids categorize unpleasant and pleasant feelings. By visualizing how to more »

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February 22, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

How kids can learn to calm down

Learning how to calm down effectively is a part of kids emotional development. It’s an important skill for kids to master as it will help them be mindful when angry, or cope more »

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February 8, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks, Uncategorized

A creative way to develop kids self-esteem

Self-esteem develops from two pillars: 1) feeling loved and secure and 2) learning how to develop competencies. As a parent/teacher, the first pillar is often the easy part, whereas the second pillar takes more »

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January 25, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks, Uncategorized

Teaching kids appreciation for a happier life

Appreciation is a social and emotional skill that help kids notice the good things around them and in that way shift their mood and perspectives. Even the little things, like a sunny more »

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January 11, 2017 in Blog, Peppy Talks

How to make an Emotion Fortune Teller

I think we’ve all been on that emotional rollercoaster that our little ones experience as they grow older, am I right? All of a sudden it’s a tantrum in the grocery more »

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December 28, 2016 in Blog, Peppy Talks

A 1-minute guide to help your child develop self-control

Self-control is about regulating our emotions. It is the ability to manage ourselves to reach an end goal. You might have heard of the famous Marshmallow experiment where kids were tested more »

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December 14, 2016 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Helping your child understand emotions with “feelings-buttons”

A lot is happening in your toddler’s body going from age 2 to 3 to 4, especially in his or her emotional development. Parents who regularly talk about emotions and help more »

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November 30, 2016 in Blog, Peppy Talks

3 important qualities in a good friend

Making new friends is an important social skill kids develop as they grow up. Friendship often starts within the family, and later on we move on to kindergarten, neighbors and after-school activities. more »

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November 16, 2016 in Blog, Peppy Talks

Teaching Kids Self-control and Regulating Emotions

Self-regulation. Our ability to control our behavior. How many times have we told our kids to “Just wait a minute”, to then get a screaming or nagging child as a consequence? Sometimes more »

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November 2, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Body language for kids

Before we even know how to speak, we can communicate using our body. All our feelings can be expressed in our body language. In fact, we can often tell how someone is more »

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October 19, 2016 in Peppy Talks

How to motivate my child to dream

Dreams are the thoughts and visions that inspire us. Goals are the means to attain our dreams. In other words, it is okey for kids to have crazy dreams like more »

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October 5, 2016 in Peppy Talks

What does being a good friend mean?

The foundation of friendship is the ability to feel and relate to others, in other words empathy. Learning how to make friends is a social skill we develop. YES, you heard right. We more »

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September 21, 2016 in Peppy Talks

The mirror game – Cooperative learning

As kids play, they learn how to communicate and use body language to compromise and collaborate. Cooperation is fun. Mastering these social skills means they can benefit from and apply them in all areas more »

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September 7, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Explaining differences to kids

The things we like and dislike are often connected to what we think we’re good at not so good at. Being self-aware of strengths and weaknesses is good, but it should not more »

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August 31, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Improving your child’s self-awareness

When your newborn slowly transitions to being that cute, little toddler he or she also starts thinking about things around him/her. Who am I? Who is mom/dad? Self-awareness is a social more »

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August 24, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Now is not later, is it?

  “Mom – Kelly hit me”, “Dad – Ryan ate my candy”.. We all know that the conflicts can start early in life. Learning how to handle conflicts is a social more »

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August 17, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Putting feelings on problems

Last week we practiced talking about problems and brainstorming solutions with our kids to help them be innovative and creative. This week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” will go deeper in on more »

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August 10, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Building problem-solving skills

Frustration, stress, pulling your hair out… I think we’ve all experienced one, or many, social conflicts in our lives. Problems arise all the time. But how do we learn how more »

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August 3, 2016 in Peppy Talks


  Introducing children to brainstorming will help them start a creative process that can generate many great ideas in their lives. It helps them gather thoughts and find different solutions to a problem. Asking them more »

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July 27, 2016 in Peppy Talks

The club for finding things – Practicing imagination

Effective problem solvers and great group members have one thing in common: the ability to think creative. We’re all born with this social skill, but in order to keep it more »

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July 20, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Creative thinking – What should we play?

Creativity can be one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child. This social skill will help your child look beyond the problem, be able to see things from different perspectives more »

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July 13, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Different ways to calm down

It is important to calm down when you are upset to be able to make good decisions. Last week we practiced calming down before anything had happened by learning how more »

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July 6, 2016 in Peppy Talks

How to calm down

We all get upset every now and then. But have you ever considered how you act, behave and look? Do you scream, throw things, curse, or are you one of more »

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June 29, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Problem solving – The traffic light

Children’s problems sometimes seem fairly trifling and even slightly ridiculous from an adult’s point of  view. It is however important to remember that even if the problem seems silly it more »

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June 22, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Many great adjectives

Last week we practice complimenting each other. In this week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks”, we will continue on that path and add the ability to describe on another and to more »

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June 15, 2016 in Peppy Talks


In the stressful environment many of us live in, taking an extra moment to say nice things to each other is often put aside. For kids, its essential both practicing to more »

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June 8, 2016 in Peppy Talks


Put-downs can be hurtful, nasty and mean. Both children and adults bring each other down, knowingly or unknowingly. Put-downs can bring down our kids emotional health and increase bullying. In order more »

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June 1, 2016 in Peppy Talks


Friends are always there for you. You might not always talk or meet, but deep down in your heart lies a strong relationship. Regardless of age, child or adult, we all more »

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May 25, 2016 in Peppy Talks

The majority game

When we make decision we are often guided by our emotions. In fact, people with higher Emotional Intelligence (EQ) are more likely to make fewer mistakes. It also means that the more »

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May 18, 2016 in Peppy Talks


The ability to collaborate is a great social skill to have. Practicing to cooperate will help your child learn how to work with people of different backgrounds, ideas and opinions and enable him/her to more »

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May 11, 2016 in Peppy Talks

I like this about you

The human mind works through categorization. Naturally this happens to children too, which is why it is so important not to let labels stick on children. If a child is more »

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May 4, 2016 in Peppy Talks

The Gossip-chain

The last couple of weeks we’ve been talking a lot about consequences, actions and reactions to feelings and choices. By doing so we’ve practiced responsibility, which is a large part more »

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April 27, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Consequence Analysis – Part 4

Perhaps you’ve already started noticing differences and that your children’s are starting to accept responsibility for their own actions. Remember to explain and instill the consequences in a positive manner. more »

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April 20, 2016 in Peppy Talks

My Emotional Patterns – Part 2

A while back we explored our children’s emotional patterns: How they reach to different feelings and how others might react to the same feelings. Identifying and learning how to deal with more »

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April 13, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Good at – not so good at

As a parent, you play an important part in developing your child’s self-esteem. If you grow up hearing you’re not good enough, it will most likely affect they way you perceive more »

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April 6, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Consequence Analysis – Part 3

I think we’ve all had to handle an angry child at one point. Screaming. Kicking. Crying. I’m also pretty sure you’ve used different techniques to cool off. But when you’re child is more »

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March 30, 2016 in Peppy Talks


Being able to set goals and dreams is important for any child’s and adult’s well-being. To do so we have to think about our positive qualities, which sometimes can be more »

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March 23, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Consequence Analysis – Part 2

Two weeks ago we talked about scenarios that would help explain consequences of ones choices. This week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” is somewhat similar. You see, it is important to help more »

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March 16, 2016 in Peppy Talks

My Wishes

We all have dreams. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is one of the most important skills we have to develop in order to achieve what we dream in life. These social skills help more »

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March 9, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Consequence Analysis – Part 1

A while back we started talking about decisions and consequences. How that could help develop a sense of responsibility, which is a great part of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as it more »

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March 2, 2016 in Peppy Talks

My Emotional Patterns

Emotions can be expressed and perceived differently depending on who you are asking and in what state that person is in. One second kids can be screaming of happiness and the more »

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February 22, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Angry as a bee

Anger is a feeling we all encounter. Not only can children’s rage make us exhausted but sometimes I feel like I’m out of control. A major part of Emotional Intelligence is to learn how more »

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February 17, 2016 in Peppy Talks

I would like to change this

A child’s imagination has no limit. I remember when I was young, I wished that wars would disappear and that we all could live in peace. I also wished that I could more »

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February 11, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Decisions and Consequences

So far in our “1 minute Peppy Talks” we’ve discussed different activities around emotional intelligence that help children develop self-knowledge and empathy. A third step is then for children to develop a more »

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February 2, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Walking with a feeling

Have you ever asked your children how they’re feeling but not getting a meaningful answer? It might be because they don’t know what it means to be angry, bored, or happy. more »

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January 28, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Why do you think I am?

Nice, Happy, Angry or Different? We all have opinions of what we think of our friends, parents, kids or colleagues. At the same time, we are very concerned over what more »

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January 17, 2016 in Peppy Talks

Emotional Charades

We all know how fun it could be to play charades. When grandpa is trying to act like a donkey or when mom is suppose to pretend she’s dad. But more »

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January 10, 2016 in Peppy Talks

The Wolf and Little Red Riding

Have you ever perceived something or someone differently than your children? Been fascinated by how many varying shapes and animals they see when you’re looking at clouds? That is because their brains more »

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January 3, 2016 in Peppy Talks

I am unique

I’m sure you’ve heard your child ask “What makes me different from other kids?” Or maybe they think someone is “different” at kindergarten/school? But what really makes us different? This week’s “1 minute more »

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December 23, 2015 in Peppy Talks

A Caring Christmas

The Holiday season is about caring for others. For your mom, dad, dog or friend. Whoever it might be, we decide to do something nice for another person, to make that person feel special. Understanding more »

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December 18, 2015 in Peppy Talks


A white christmas, a reunited family… I think we can all feel the spirit of Christmas around us. While there is so much joy, love and warmth with this season, Christmas times can be more »

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December 9, 2015 in Peppy Talks


At this time of the year, there is nothing that beats cuddling with your toddlers after having played outside in the crispy air. But did you know you can practice Emotional Intelligence more »

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December 4, 2015 in Peppy Talks


Throughout the day we experience various feelings with varying intensity. They can be both pleasant and unpleasant, but they are never to be named good or bad. Children need to know that more »

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November 25, 2015 in Peppy Talks


As a parent, you know you play an important role in your child’s development. Children need adults to help and support them through the process of identifying, interpret, categorize and understand more »

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November 17, 2015 in Peppy Talks

The outside judges

Growing up, kids will meet many new friends and be influenced by many different personalities. In relation to Edutopia’s article on how kindness can help prevent bullying, this week’s “1 minute more »

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November 12, 2015 in Peppy Talks

Today’s Emotions

During a day your child experiences a lot of emotions that you might not be aware of; it could be at school, soccer practice or simply before going to bed. As a more »

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November 4, 2015 in Peppy Talks

Managing stress

In relation to the National Stress Awareness Day this week’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” is about stress – a situation causing multiple emotions such as anxiety, anger, frustration etc. which might more »

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October 29, 2015 in Peppy Talks


End of October means Halloween. Halloween brings spooky times – and spooky times can be scary. That is why this week’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” will be about the emotion Fear. more »

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October 25, 2015 in Peppy Talks


In this week’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” we are going to focus on one feeling; Pride. Every day we do things that we can be proud of. It doesn’t have more »

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October 17, 2015 in Peppy Talks

“My animal”

In this week’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” we’ll be using alternative ways to express emotions –  through animals that your child can relate to!   Exercise; Let your child draw an animal (or several) more »

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October 15, 2015 in Peppy Talks

“The map of emotions”

Last week we talked about creating an interest for your child’s own emotions. In today’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” we talk about different feelings that your child could experience in different situations by using “The more »

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October 1, 2015 in Peppy Talks

Today’s feeling

Hi Peppy Parents! As promised, we’re welcoming October with the start of our weekly updates on how you can introduce qualitative, emotional learning in your child’s life – and the more »

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September 27, 2015 in Peppy Talks

Peppy Pals is growing – Come join our community!

  Imagine creating a world without bullying, hatred or exclusion – together we can! We at Peppy Pals are happy to announce our Parents’ Guide – an expert-blog bringing you the best more »

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