Emotional intelligence can help children guide and regulate their patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviour
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a vital skill that enables us to manage emotions positively and effectively in ourselves, in others and in our relationships. It is a skill that helps to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathise with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict, as it allows us to understand and interpret the emotions of others, as well as in ourselves.
Research has proven that the best possible way to build emotional-social skills, required throughout life, is in early childhood, and that there is a high capacity for developing this skill within the early years of human life. In fact, cultivating EQ within the early years has proven to be significant in determining the future of a child’s individual and professional success in life, as well as improving their health and wellbeing.
The early childhood years are a sensitive period for the development of emotional intelligence. It is the age children are not only beginning to understand the causes of their emotions, their language and vocabulary skills are also rapidly developing during this time. Consequently, ensuring that children have the language and strategies they need to manage their emotions can have a profound impact on their learning and development.
Children with higher emotional intelligence are more capable of focussing their attention, are more engaged with their learning, have stronger relationships, and are more empathic. With this in mind, it is important for children to develop these skills, as well as self-awareness, anger management, empathy, self-control, and relationship management in order to be successful throughout their lives. Fortunately, there are things that parents and teachers can do to help develop a child’s emotional intelligence.
At Happy Hearts, we help stimulate, promote and foster the development of emotional intelligence in your child by encouraging a positive sense of self-awareness and self-expression, constructive sense of sympathy and empathy, as well as effective maturation of social skills which are instrumental in facilitating effective outcomes, such as better self-image, less behavioural problems, better relationships with peers and adults, higher academic achievements and improved physical and mental health.
We understand the significance of fostering children’s emotional-social skills in creating a positive learning environment, and we aim to achieve this by helping our children to develop the five emotional intelligence skills necessary for their present and future success. These skills are:
- To recognise emotions in themselves and in others
- To understand the causes and consequences of emotions
- To be able to label their emotions
- To express emotions in socially appropriate ways
- To regulate emotions in a manner that is conscious, controlled, and oriented