Getting Started with Kimochis® in a Military Setting

We are excited and honored that Kimochis was awarded a 5-year contract to provide social emotional learning training and support materials for Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) system. The DDESS system serves an estimated 28,500 students in over 50 schools located in seven states, Guam, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico!

As we work with the schools in the DDESS system to implement the Kimochis Educator’s Tool Kit, we are also providing support materials and resources for military families to use at home.

The Kimochis Activity Kit for Military Families is a playful, yet effective, tool to build positive communication skills that create strong family bonds, increase resiliency, and raise the odds of successful reintegration after times of separation. It helps families:

  • Manage emotions and challenges in a way that helps each family member feel understood
  • Be supportive, understanding, and compassionate toward each other’s emotional needs
  • Strengthen parent-child and parent-parent connections
  • Stay unified during separations
  • Celebrate and reintegrate the service member back home in a way that both honors and guides a positive transition

Don’t own an Activity Kit?

Military families know all too well that feelings can run high before, during, and after a service member leaves home for military duty. When families prepare for the predictable emotions that can arise during separation, the family is better prepared to:

  • Manage emotions and challenges in a way that helps each family member feel understood
  • Be supportive, understanding, and compassionate toward one another’s emotional needs
  • Strengthen parent-child and parent-parent connections
  • Stay unified during separations
  • Celebrate and reintegrate the service member back home in a way that both honors and guides a positive transition

And, the activities in the Kimochis Activity Kit for Military Families aren’t just for times of separation. They can be used anytime to enhance family communication and parent-child bonding or whenever your children wish to share their feelings.

includes:

  • Hero 13 inch Plush Character
  • A 32-page hardcover picture book, Hero’s Big Adventure
  • (2) sets of Kimochis® feeling pillows
  • Kimochis® Nesting Heart
  • Kimochis Activity Book for Military Families

Note for Mental Health Professionals:
This activity book has been written directly for military families, but we know that mental health providers will also find the content useful. This book has been intentionally directed to families, knowing that professionals will be able to adapt the activities as needed for their own practice. Having the text written directly for military parents also allows professionals the opportunity to loan the kit to clients or “assign”