Improve Your Kid's Emotional Intelligence

We have all witnessed this scenario: a kid is on the floor crying his lungs out because he can’t have the candy that he wants. We all feel sorry for the helpless parent while earnestly hoping that we will never be in the parent’s shoes. There must be a number of reasons why the kid is having tantrums, but more often than not, it is because the kid is very impatient and cannot control his emotions. On the other hand, we have also heard about the kid who seems so mature that he knows how to pacify his friends during a fight.

Studies have shown that besides intellect, emotional intelligence has a bigger impact on achieving success than any other factors. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify, evaluate, and manage our emotions and of other’s as well. Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ) is how emotional intelligence is measured. According to Dr. Daniel Goleman, a Harvard psychologist that pioneered the study on EQ, “Whatever our mental faculties may be, our EQ determines how well we put them to use.” An emotionally intelligent kid can understand his feelings, control them and express them in a healthy way. He can also understand the feelings of others better and will be able to respond to it accordingly.

Of course, developing your kids IQ is important, but you should not neglect the development of his EQ either. Emotional Intelligence can be applied in many different aspects of our lives. Socially, kids with high EQ are more skilled than others. They can express their feelings coherently and they are good listeners. Since kids with high EQ can manage their emotions well, they are more resilient to peer pressure, disappointments and worries. Kids can also become more independent and responsible. They can also develop self-discipline easier because …