Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
The value of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been clearly documented in a variety of studies.
Firstly, a child with a high EQ is more likely to regulate his/her emotions well and work thru boredom, fear, and emotional challenges. Children who regulate emotions well are thereby better able to show emotional toughness in the face of challenges or competitions. They can find the discipline and impulse control to work hard to achieve their goals and resist the temptation of getting into trouble with substance abuse or behavioral issues.
Secondly, children with high EQ are self-aware. As parents we cannot prevent the pain and challenges that children will face in life but we can equip them with the right tools to navigate life’s challenges and tough decisions. A self-aware individual has the ability to understand their likes and dislikes, to choose a career that suits them, and to find a romantic partner that is well-matched to them.
Lastly, emotion coaching leads to the right “brain wiring” for your child. It literally changes the structure of their brains leading to wellbeing, better relationships, better focus, and emotional resilience and grit when facing challenges.
The value of emotional intelligence in performance cannot be overstated. In our work with executives and elite athletes it becomes clear that managing emotions effectively can make or break a competition. In high performance situations talent is a given as is excellent preparation. When under pressure, the variable that differentiates between the good and the great is the ability to manage emotions under pressure.
We offer a 3-5 session parenting program that integrates the research from a wide range of scientists: 1) Attachment Theories (Ainsworth, Bowlby); 2) The Gottman Institute (“Parenting for Emotional Intelligence”); and 3) The work of Daniel Siegel (“The Whole Brain Child). The result is a program that is not just essential in terms of creating emotional health but also highly effective in preventing developmental issues (school drop outs, behavioral problems or substance abuse) and invaluable when you are thinking about the “brain-development” of your child.