How Parents Can Help Their Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence

We all want to raise or children to be strong! That’s the whole purpose of my new book #StrongKids. One of the ways our children can be their best is by developing emotional intelligence. That’s the ability to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships empathetically. Here are 4 key ways to help foster emotional intelligence in your children.

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  1. Self-Awareness. As a parent you can teach your child to accurately recognize their thoughts and emotions, and the impact these things have on a child’s behavior. By setting aside the time to bond with your child while reading #StrongKids, you can help your child accurately assess their thoughts and feelings. This practice helps increase a child’s self-awareness.
  2. Self-management. Once children recognize their thoughts and feelings, then they are better prepared to regulate what they feel. #StrongKids highlights common emotions, and encourages children to use their “strength” to control their thoughts and feelings. As a parent, you can use the book to teach your children how to manage their stress and anxiety. You can also use #StrongKids to help them control their behavior. These skills are essential for children’s ability to self-regulate.
  3. Social awareness. As your children learn how they think and feel, they can start down the pathway of learning how others feel. Social awareness is the ability to empathize, and take the perspective of others into consideration. #StrongKids helps put into practice, prosocial skills and behaviors that will aid children in becoming more socially aware.
  4. Relationship management. By using #StrongKids to give children practice in expressing their thoughts and feelings in a productive way, you can help your children develop relationship skills.  Communication is a key element in every successful relationship. As children gain the ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings daily, they develop the ability to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

Children who have poor emotional intelligence are at risk of not being successful in life. #StrongKids is a book for children 3- 7 years-old that will help them experience, express, and manage their thoughts and feelings in order to thrive in life! Visit http://www.strongkids.me for more information.

Published by Jennifer Keitt

Host of PowerHer Radio, she’s been a radio personality for over 30 years. PowerHer Radio offers tips for work-life balance, and covers topics like “Developing Your Executive Presence,” “Raising Great Kids,” and “The Benefits of Gratitude,” a series based on Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book “The How of Happiness,” and “Fears that are Holding You Back,” based on the writing of therapist Dr. Amy Morin. It talks about the fear of change, of loneliness, of failure, etc. She’s also the co-founder (with her daughter Morgan) of the Keitt Institute, a nonprofit that has three major focuses: StrongGirls (for high school juniors and seniors), Books and Bosses (for college women), and PowerHer Experiences which targets adult women. Jennifer’s a certified Human Behavior Consultant, an Executive Life Coach, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Psychology. She has four grown children.

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