7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent Kids

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent Kids

 

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is made of self-awareness, empathy, social skills, self-regulation, and intrinsic motivation. Research shows that kids with high emotional intelligence tend to be more engaged in school, have better relationships, and earn higher grades. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be taught to children, starting when they’re as young as toddlers. Parents can help their kids cultivate these EQ skills by encouraging the following habits:      

USE THEIR VOCABULARY TO IDENTIFY THEIR EMOTIONS

  • High EQ children are good at labeling their emotions beyond just “good” and “bad.” 
  • Use descriptive sentences, e.g., ‘I feel sad I cannot play with my friends,’ or ‘I am really mad at my teacher.’ 

RECOGNIZE EMOTIONS IN OTHERS, TOO

  • Sense how other people are feeling, often by picking up on nonverbal cues
  • Describe what they see, e.g., ‘She is smiling — I bet she’s happy,’ or ‘He’s crying, maybe I should help.’ 

SEE THINGS FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S POINTS OF VIEW

  • Step into another person’s shoes, see the world from a different perspective
  • Doing so creates more empathy and less judgement

BE QUICK TO HELP OTHERS

  • Be more considerate of others; look for ways to help
  • Focus more on the “we” than the “me”

THEY USE TOOLS TO MANAGE THEIR EMOTIONS  

  • Regulate feelings so they don’t spiral out of control
  • Use tools of positive emotional health, e.g., taking deep breaths or walking away when agitated

THEY’RE COMFORTABLE SAYING ‘NO’ TO THEIR PEERS

  • Learn how to set and enforce personal boundaries
  • Speak up, be assertive, respect others and express wishes in a firm but kind way

THEY PRACTICE GRATITUDE

  • Express gratitude for what they have
  • Be specific about what they are thankful for and why.

Source: Kelsey Borresen, Huffpost Life (July 8, 2020)