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Family Matters - Teaching Emotional Intelligence Skills to Kids
August 27, 2007

Emotional Intelligence Skills for Kids

As children return to school all over the world, parents and teachers can work together to create a concerted effort to teach children emotional intelligence skills in all their interactions.

The article below defines emotional maturity and gives you tips on how to help children develop it. At the end of the article (which appears on my web site), there is a special report that is available for purchase and download which explains the concept further and gives you some novel ways to cultivate it.

Nurturing Emotional Intelligence in Children

by Laura Ramirez

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a new parenting directive. Although it was considered enough to feed, clothe and raise children in our parents' day, this is no longer sufficient because our understanding of what they really need from us has evolved. In this article, I'll explain the concept in detail and give you three ways to cultivate it.

What is EQ?

First coined in 1990 by Salovey and Mayer, emotional intelligence is described as a form of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions. According to one study, our ability to handle a variety of social situations and control impulses and emotions is four times more important than intellect in terms of building a successful work life. However, the importance of intellect cannot be underestimated. While intellect helps you get the job, emotional intelligence helps you keep it and advance up the ranks.

Since we want to raise children to be successful and fulfilled, emotional intelligence is an important aspect of this vision.

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Until next time,

Laura Ramirez, Publisher

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