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Rather than teaching traditional lessons, The Emotion Motion Podcast educates young listeners on how to better understand themselves and the world around them. Its focus on social-emotional learning provides children with the tools to manage their emotions and communicate them more effectively. Each episode tackles a different real-world scenario, demonstrating to listeners that they can adjust to even major life changes.
Presents young listeners with ways to cope with overwhelming emotions. Emphasizes patience, respect, and open communication between adults and children as well as among new and old friends. Particular focus is also placed on "family enrichment," as Megan and her family remain close even during difficult transitions such as the birth of a new baby. Listeners are taught to not be ashamed of their emotions, but to embrace them and work with them.
Positive Role Models
As most kids would, Megan the Mermaid initially bristles at stressful or seemingly scary situations. But she soon puts her "emotions in motion," finding healthier ways to process how she feels. Moreover, she serves as a "mer-mentor" to those around her and proves herself to be generous in spirit and in heart. She teaches listeners it's okay to have strong emotions and listening to her inner dialogue helps understand her process of using her emotional tools to work through feelings like sadness, anger, fear, and confusion.
Megan interacts with a variety of creatures of different species and cultural backgrounds, including "land people." The show occasionally takes a more specific, real-world stance on diversity and representation too. For instance, Megan recounts "treading shellva" with her family after her grandfather's death, a thinly veiled substitute for the custom of "sitting shiva" in Judaism while mourning.
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Violence & Scariness
Megan contends with many situations that might upset children -- the death of a grandparent, the birth of a new baby into the family. But even those involving death or shake-ups in the family dynamic are handled with such delicate care. The show centers on making listeners feel safe, supported, and – most of all – empowered with the knowledge of how to process their own emotional lives.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Emotion Motion Podcast is more than just about telling fun underwater stories. Although listeners will get swept up in Megan the Mermaid's adventures – sometimes joined by friends like Magellan the seahorse and Suzie the starfish – the show aims to talk children through situations such as losing a tooth or even a loved one. As Megan grapples with these events, she cheerfully teaches listeners how she got through each one with song, dance, deep breathing, stretching, and learning, giving them tools to work through their own emotions. This show builds strong social-emotional learning skills for younger ages, but can also be a good reminder for adults listening with their little ones.
Is It Any Good?
If adults are looking for a podcast to help their kids deal with difficult emotions, transitions, or simple techniques to self-regulate, this is it. In The Emotion Motion Podcast Megan the Mermaid provides a balanced and realistic reaction to life changes like sharing your room with a younger sibling or making new friends. The show helps kids and their adults learn more about their emotions and how to navigate challenging issues, and does so through the safe lens of an underwater fantasy world.
Produced by the Move This World Audio Network, this show teaches listeners to "put [their] emotions in motion through play and movement." And it does so without shying away from firm realities like the inevitability of death, the shifting household dynamic following a new baby, and even the emotional response to staying in quarantine. The Emotion Motion Podcast might not place a lot of weight on humor or more traditional lessons, but its underlying message is one every parent or guardian should consider for the young children in their lives.
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