We all know the inevitable, bittersweet truth of being a parent: if you love them, you must let them go.
While you have a good 18 years or so at home before that time eventually comes, sending your not-so-mini-ones out into the world is a whole lot less scary if you know they can rise to any emotional challenge that comes their way.
Teaching and building emotional intelligence in children is one of the most effective ways to make sure they truly bloom in life (even more than having a high IQ, according to experts). This invaluable education is best taught as early as possible so you can set expectations from the start.
Emotional intelligence or emotional quotient (EQ for short) is all about how we understand, manage, and express emotions. It helps us control our anger, explain how we feel, and empathize with other people. According to Dr. Michael Rock, a professor who specializes in the study of EQ, up to 90% of the problems we face on any given day are ‘relationship issues’ and 90% of our success in life is based on how well we relate to people. (He calls it the ‘90% Factor.’) Given that, it’s clear that investing in the emotional intelligence of your children is one of the best gifts you can give them. So, where do you start?
Miranda Luby is a freelance lifestyle journalist and columnist with bylines for the BBC, Kidspot, Natural Health, and Nourish magazine. You can find her at mirandaluby.com