From cyber-bullying to the pressures of social media to global pandemics, our kids are living it all.
Resilience is not an option for today's children. It's a necessity.
is the ability to rise from the rubble when life knocks you down. Resilient people get back up after defeat, disappointment, and failure rather than be overcome.
According to the American Psychological Association, all kids are capable of working through challenges and coping with stress. But like so many things in life, resilience can be boosted with effort.
The Biggies are a research-based tool for parents, teachers & caregivers that make it fun & easy to meaningfully connect with your elementary-aged child, while growing their emotional intelligence & confidence, as well as fostering their communication skills.
All of which build your kid’s RESILIENCE!
These conversation cards are BIG for a reason. 6” by 8” in fact. We’re doing BIG things here.
The 25 social emotional concepts included with the deck teach children to:
25 BIG cards, 25 BIG social emotional conceptsEach card falls into a color-coded category: Body, Mind, Heart, World, or Spirit. Card topics are listed in black.
Patience & Goals
Courage to Lead
Cycle of Life
Each card is uniquely illustrated. Short exercises, fun facts, real world examples, and quotes from well-known movies and beloved icons jumpstart conversations that will build your child’s emotional intelligence, foster their communication skills, and spark meaningful connection for all involved.
Additional thought-provoking questions help you expand a topic if you’d like to dig deeper.
Did You Know? What’s Your Take? I Wonder…
Learn More About the Cards
Were created in 2020 by Devin Tomiak.After her youngest brother died by suicide in 2014, she was driven to understand resiliency, where it comes from, and how it’s bolstered. As a mom of two young boys, her preoccupation had a unique urgency. THE BIGGIES were born from her mission to strengthen her relationship with her own children, develop their emotional intelligence, and improve the communication skills of her whole family. She has found meaning in sharing her experience with other caregivers and children in the hope they can learn and benefit alongside her.
Dr. Amy Engelman advised. Dr. Engelman is a Community Psychologist and the Founding President of Intentional Inquiry. She has over 15 years of experience fostering community-school partnerships, youth engagement, social emotional wellness, and data-driven decision-making through community-based participatory research and evaluation. She specializes in building communities and relationships that support children’s resilience and ability to thrive no matter what their individual circumstances may be. Her own battle with suicidality was an important lens in the creation of THE BIGGIES.