Using The Mood Meter at Home:
- Post a Mood Meter in your home in a visible area.
- Use a nametag, special magnet, photo, or picture to represent each family member- check-in throughout the day (morning, after school/work, bedtime) and move your image around depending on your mood.
- Ask questions: Where are you on the mood meter? What caused you to feel that way? How can you stay there or move to a different quadrant? What is that emotion called? How can I help you move to the green?
- Talk about how to prevent or reduce red and blue feelings and how to initiate, maintain, and enhance yellow and green feelings.
- While some emotions may be uncomfortable, remember, there are no ‘bad’ emotions, all feelings are ok!
- Keep a journal: Use different colors for different moods. Use the journal to understand what triggers different feeling
- Plot characters in a book on the Mood Meter: Where are they on the Mood Meter? Why? How can they stay or move to a different quadrant?
- Come up with a song that represents each quadrant and play a song to express or generate different emotions.