Emotional intelligence and developing a strong EQ is being widely discussed in schools across the country as students spend more and more time on social media and communicate in new and different ways. What can parents do to help their children develop a strong EQ? See below for some tips from Six Seconds: The Emotional Intelligence Network:
1. Acknowledge your child’s emotions using neutral language to describe what you observe. “I see that you are frustrated.”
2. Help your children label their emotions and expand their emotional literacy. “How would you describe how you are feeling right now?”
3. Validate the emotion you see. “I understand why you are upset.”
4. Role model emotional responsibility around your children.
5. Brainstorm ways to take responsibility for our emotions.