In September 2013, the New York Times ran a fascinating article entitled "Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?" that chronicled the efforts of school teachers who are working hard to teach their students emotional intelligence.
Such curriculum is seen as important in many educational circles because emotional intelligence has been linked to a reduction in bullying and an increase in academic success and social development.
Certainly, though, the teaching of emotional intelligence shouldn't be restricted to the classroom. So what can parents do to improve their child's emotional intelligence?
According to Psychology Today, emotional intelligence is "the ability to identify your own emotions and the emotions of others." Emotional intelligence includes three primary skills, which are true for both emotionally intelligent children and adults.
That sounds easy enough, but identifying feelings and learning to empathize doesn't come naturally to everyone. Regardless of the ease with which people learn emotional intelligence, the skill is extremely important throughout life.
We all know that people who are emotionally appropriate are more pleasant to be around than people who are not. But what are the other benefits of emotional intelligence? According to the non-profit Six Seconds, some of the specific benefits for children include:
Although schools are beginning to use emotional intelligence curriculum in some classroom settings, parents are in the best position to teach and enhance a child's innate emotional intelligence. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do to help.
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