What are Mood-clicks™?
Mood-clicks™ are designed to be a quick record in the moment of
- The emotion, mood or behavior your child or teen was experiencing (MyFampal uses the word mood to refer to all this rich complexity)
- The strength of that mood
- When it happened
- How long it lasted
- Where this was
- What was happening at the time
- In the morning, your teen shows antisocial behavior and is uncommunicative for an hour or more, only becoming more sociable and relaxed after walking the dog (2 Mood clicks).
- At the end of the school day, your child is hyped-up for a short while, but then becomes anxious before settling down to tea and becoming content and stable (3
As you build up a profile over time, Mood-clicks™ can help you detect patterns. They can help you explore links between your child or teens mood and their environment, for example a positive mood always being associated with a location or activity. They can also help you see how things are changing over time, for example an increased number of negative moods or an increasing duration.
You should adapt the use of Mood-clicks™ to suit your own situation and what you want to learn; this section gives you some ideas and guidance.
What do the mood faces mean?
MyFampal Parents mood faces give you a simple way to record an emotion along with its strength. Think of them as a scale ranging from one (very negative and less constructive) to five (very positive and more constructive).
The very positive emoticon represents a strong mood state that you think is, in general, very positive for your child or teen. This could include emotions like joy, laughter, pride, triumph, confidence or kindness. The beaming face is a visual that you can quickly recognize and associate with this spectrum of emotions.
The very negative emoticon represents a strong mood state that you think is, in general, very negative for your child or teen. It would include such emotions as grief, distress, anger, humiliation, anxiety, phobia or fear. Note that these would not always involve crying, the crying face just helps quick visual identification of very negative emotions.
It is natural to experience a full range of emotions at times in our lives. The purpose of Mood-clicks™ is to help you monitor the balance of your child or teens emotions, behaviors and moods over an extended period. Mood-clicks™ will help you understand what your child or teens natural state is and notice quickly if this starts to change. This in turn helps you adapt the support you provide, either to strengthen a positive change or mitigate a negative one.
How do I create Mood-clicks™?
A Mood-click™ is created by a single click on a mood face. This puts a Mood-click™ into your task list under that child/teen. You can then return later to complete the full details. Ideally this should be done in the moment, but you can complete it within seven days. Your saved Mood-clicks™ will appear in your Mood-click™ reports.
The extra details you can record are:
||e.g. Anger, Anxious, Scared, Texting, Isolated, Working, Hungry, Excited.
Be creative – these are for you!
Keywords are a single-word summary of the mood or behaviour you’re reporting on.
||e.g. Home, School, Park, Grandma’s House, Shopping, In Car, Back Yard
Location is important when you want to explore whether it is contributing to a particular mood. The locations you use can be as specific or generic as you feel will help you.
|From & To
||You can give from and to times for a mood-click. By default, these will both be set as the instant at which you created the mood-click. You can adjust one or both times later, to give a better indication of when the mood was and how long it lasted.
If you are interested in looking more closely at the length of time over which a mood persists, you should use these fields. For example, you could monitor how long a teen stays in their room alone over the course of several days to get an objective idea of whether this is changing.
||This area can be used to record any other details you may think relevant. For example, you might want to make notes about your own feelings at the time or how you dealt with the child’s mood. Looking back on data like this can be very helpful in objectively identifying what contributed to the mood and how effective your reaction was. This gives you confidence in your decisions when you decide you want to try changing something.