Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | July 23, 2009

Emotional Intelligence in children

I’ve had increasing requests from clients for Emotional Intelligence related training topics. The business world is seeing the importance of employees who have a high Emotional Intelligence. These same employees were once children who started to learned these important skills from the adults and other children in their lives.

Emotional Intelligence, also referred to as EI, or EQ, looks at how well we know and manage ourselves, and how well we know and manage our relationships with others.

As parents, we have a direct and critical impact on the Emotional Intelligence development in our children. From their earliest years, our children are watching and learning basic EI skills from us, such as:

  • Adaptability
  • Emotional self-control
  • Conflict management
  • Positive outlook
  • Etc.

The early childhood years are the best time for us to practice and build these skills, when the risks of making a mistake are typically smaller than the mistakes we can make as adults. The earlier children get exposure to learning EI skills, the bigger the advantage they have when the same skills are needed later in life.

To read more about EI, here are some books that explain the concept of what EI is:

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman

Executive E.Q. by Robert Cooper

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