Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

More often than not, parents are inclined to think that their children cannot understand the emotional complexities of their world. However, as soon as they’re verbal – children can be taught to identify and communicate how they feel. If emotions are talked about in an open environment – children are more inclined to have empathy for their peers. Research has shown that emotional intelligence (or EQ) can predict success in relationships, effectiveness, health and quality of life.

It is, of course, important for good communication with others – and is therefore a gateway to better learning, friendships, academic success and employment. Skills such as these developed in our formative years at school often provide the foundation for future habits later on in life.

Emotional intelligence plays a significant role in mental health and academic achievement. It is the ability to understand your own emotions as well as of others. Emotional intelligence is important to effectively manage behaviour, to navigate social situations, and to make personal decisions. It is made up of five main components:
Self-awareness
Self-regulation
Motivation
Empathy
Social skills

Daniel Goleman, the author of the international bestsellers ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘Working with Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘Social Intelligence’ said, “In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding.”

Tanya Fakhoury is an Emotional Intelligence Development Specialist. She will share valuable insights into how parents can:

  • Effectively communicate with their children and engage them to willingly cooperate
  • Handle children during times of frustration and disappointment
  • Become a more conscious parent by being more proactive as opposed to reactive
  • Establish boundaries in a caring and loving way
  • By learning practical skills and effective methods of communication, we hope that the parent-child relationship will be strengthened

To attend this parent workshop on Monday, Sep 17, 2018, from 8:30am to 10am at Regent International School, please click here.

Emotional Intelligence: Implications for Personal, Social, Academic, and Workplace Success – Marc A. Brackett, Susan E. Rivers, and Peter Salovey Yale University

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