In layman’s language, ability of a person to understand own emotions, and others emotions is what emotional intelligence quotient is. It’s not based on facts and information which makes it more difficult to teach or develop than a tangible Intelligence Quotient.
How is this important for your children? As much or more than the worldly knowledge you invest in on a day-to-day-basis. Emotional Intelligence will make your child smart about their own emotions and sensitive towards others. It will build them to be better at controlling their emotions in all walks of life and in all that comes with it.
It’s important to build your child’s EQ from a young age. This will help them be self-aware and understand every feeling that they go through. At a later stage this will help them guide through tough times and understand their strength and weaknesses. Understanding your own emotions will also help them react better in situations that trigger these emotions.
They can regulate their emotions better and keep calm in certain situations. Harnessing emotions is another important factor that comes with a high EQ which again helps in different conditions. A high EQ will ensure your child is social and understands other people’s emotions at a deeper level than most their age.
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Various ways to nurture your Child’s EQ
- Listen to your child – Your child will express their emotions only to you. You have to listen and respond appropriately. A child can easily move on once they have expressed their feelings to their parent, but in order to do this, they need to know you’re listening to them intently. Be responsive, encourage, and ask questions about their feelings.
- Acknowledge their emotions and be compassionate – It’s easy to roll your eyes over petty complains or situations. But these petty and small issues may be large in your little one’s head. You could be compassionate about them. Eg: mention how disappointing it really is that he/she can’t go out to play since there is a dust storm. This will encourage them to express how they feel.
- Teach Problem Solving – Teaching our kids to empathize isn’t enough, we also need them to solve the problem themselves. Children must learn to understand other people’s emotion with attacking them with negative emotions like anger and frustration. To constructively using emotions, rationalizing other person’s behaviors and finding a solution together helps them gain more confidence and have control over their emotions.