How to Teach Emotional Intelligence to Children

Emotional Intelligence is defined as the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions, as well as influence the emotions of others from the place of compassion.

Professionally trained healer Amy Wilder defines it this way: being aware of emotions, tracking emotions in your body and identifying and naming those emotions so you can communicate them.

However you define it, the skill of emotional intelligence is one that will help children to be better learners. When children can’t process or control their emotions, it interferes with the learning process. On the other hand, when children are able to deal with life situations in an appropriate way, this creates resilience, and they are able to bounce back and continue with their education. So how do we create emotional intelligence in children? How do we help them build this skill?

4 Ways to foster emotional intelligence in children