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AS CONSCIENTIOUS AND CARING PARENTS we invest a lot of time and money in helping our children develop the skills they need to succeed in life. We send them to the est schools to prepare them for the best colleges, involve them in a multitude of sports and activities, and teach them the value of hard work.
But will our children really be as well prepared
for life as we think they will be?
When they get their first job and encounter an unreasonable supervisor, how will they respond?
Do they have the necessary empathy and understanding to win friends and influence people?
Do they have the confidence and self-assurance to chase a dream that might take them far from the well-worn path?
There’s no denying that academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities are central components in a child’s upbringing. But as the new field of neuroscience is demonstrating, it’s the social and emotional aspects of learning – their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - that determine a child’s happiness, security and future success in life far more than their physical prowess, educational accomplishments or their IQ. The latest research shows that connection, interconnectedness, and the quality of our relationships are still the most important things in life, and the happiest, healthiest and most contented people are those who have well developed social skills and emotional skills.
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand our emotions and the emotions of others, and use that information to help ourselves and others. For young children, the understanding of emotions can be very difficult. First, they must understand and identify how they themselves feel, what is causing their happiness or frustration, and then behave appropriately. Additionally, Emotional Intelligence means respecting the feelings of others, understanding others’ needs and sympathizing with them. Valuing and dealing with our emotions leads to happiness and success.
New research into brain development, attachment and the impact of stress in pregnancy confirms that pregnancy and the first five years are the most formative years in children’s lives. Families are the bedrock of society, as well as the best place for nurturing happy, capable, resourceful and emotionally balanced children. Strong social and emotional skills and the ability to handle their feels well are derived from a loving, supportive family and a breadth of positive experiences in childhood.
All children have the potential to succeed and deserve the opportunity to go as far as their talents can take them. Good social and emotional skills are critical in healthy personal development. They build resilience and a positive sense of self, while reducing the likelihood of engaging in risky or anti-social behavior in the teenage years. Studies show that when children do not get these advantages, they do not fare as well as their more advantaged peers.
Raising centered, secure, emotionally intelligent and well-grounded children requires love, understanding, and access to the best and most up to date information, strategies, tools and techniques. INSPIRED PARENTING MAGAZINE and the INSPIRED PARENTING "PLAYDATES WITH PURPOSE" PLAYGROUPS are committed to providing parents, educators, caregivers and mentors with all the resources they need to give children a head start in building their confidence, resilience and Emotional IQ and developing a good foundation for a happy and emotionally balanced childhood.
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