Studies consistently show that emotional intelligence is much more important than IQ because it relates directly to happiness and success. Many highly intelligent adults may struggle in day-to-day life due to a lack of emotional intelligence.
Making an effort to increase your child’s emotional intelligence is one of your most important tasks as a parent.
Avoid downplaying this important factor of happiness and success. Those with a higher level of emotional intelligence enjoy more satisfying careers and stronger, more fulfilling relationships.
Emotional intelligence has five components:
These five qualities are important in all aspects of life. Just as a child learns to read or do multiplication, it’s important to learn how to manage and recognize emotion in oneself and others, for some children this will come easy while for others these skills might be extra difficult but none the less supporting your child to their place of great with emotional intelligence will be never be in vain.
These strategies can help you increase the emotional intelligence of your child:
If your child is having a 'meltdown', that is not the best teaching moment, firstly we need to connect and co-regulate, the best way I have found is deep breathing or the take 10 breathing. With practice and modelling, breathing tools will become second nature.
Does your child struggle socially? Building your child’s emotional intelligence is very important. Those with high levels of emotional intelligence enjoy happier and more productive lives. Learn about emotional intelligence today and prepare your child for a bright future.