Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand and regulate one’s emotions. Emotions play an important role in our daily lives, influencing a child’s thinking capability and behaviour towards others. It is at this tender age that emotional intelligence should be nurtured in children. Kids with enhanced and higher EQ (emotional quotient)
– Can cope with stress,
– Are resistant to adverse situations and can withstand social pressure,
– Tend to visualize situations from other person’s perspective,
– Are adept at handling interpersonal relationships both in all spheres of life,
– Channelize their pent-up emotions in constructive ways.
Children who do not have well-developed emotional intelligence are most likely to develop behavioural disorder resulting in anger outbursts and impulsive actions and resort to unhealthy means. Accumulation of various forms of negativity eventually stages as a hindrance to a child’s personal and social growth.
Since recognizing one’s feelings and responding to them is not necessarily a natural trait in children, parents should inculcate emotional intelligence in them to help them grow into emotionally capable individuals.
Here are three major ways emotional intelligence can be imbibed and developed in kids:-
Children may find it difficult to express and describe their feelings. So, a child should be able to identify his feelings and label them such as happy, sad, etc. Sometimes, some emotions can be complex and indescribable. Therefore, it is necessary to help children use several words to accurately recognize their emotions and name them accordingly.
A parent should help his/her child understand emotions from different perspectives. Sometimes, it is important for one to know how, when and where to react and a child should be able to understand the prevailing situation and decide how to react and respond to the same.
There are times when situations get out of control and so do emotions. Therefore, it is essential on a parent’s part to teach his/her child how to tolerate them without really having the need to act upon them. In case, a matter of concern cannot be handled and looked properly into, children should ensure they act appropriately and feel confident enough to manage the situation themselves.