As parents we want to provide the best of everything for our children. In part one of this two-part series I will explain how instilling emotional intelligence skills in your children will be a game changer for them.
How do we prepare children to thrive and survive in today’s world?
Our world is constantly changing and becoming more complex. As parents we strive to educate our children preparing them to thrive in this difficult world. In fact, many see that as their sole responsibility once they bring a child into this world.
Emotional Intelligence skills are not part of your child’s curriculum. It’s true that some of these skills are embedded in what they learn, however, it’s not a key part of their daily curriculum. This means it’s up to you to instill emotional intelligence into their upbringing; it's a learned skill.
The greatest gift to give your children
I believe the greatest gift we can give children is to provide them with skills that will assist them in developing strong social and emotional intelligence. Providing our children with these essential skills will change their lives in a positive way – it truly is a game changer!
Clearly, developing a child’s intellect (IQ) is important but intellect alone isn’t enough, especially with the difficult social landscape of today’s world. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is equally important. Author, John Gottman explains;
“In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.”
When it comes to educating your children on harnessing their emotions and developing their social ability, emotional intelligence really will be the key to their success.