Everyone pretty much agrees on the importance of emotional literacy, at least in theory.
As a society, we want children to learn how to deal with difficult feelings, both their own and others’.
But how exactly do we teach them that? Especially if we ourselves aren’t sure we’ve got a handle on our own emotions?
Emotional intelligence can easily be developed in children because most kids are naturally emotionally intelligent. At least, they’ve got the basics down; kids know an emotion when they feel one, and they’re not ashamed of their own humanity.
But giving kids what they need to become emotionally adept requires adults to dig deep.
If we can’t handle being angry with someone we love, how on earth can we provide guidance to a child who’s having that all-too-common experience?
If we habitually suppress feelings of frustration or regret, how can we teach kids how to work through those emotions?
As you read this week’s post by Kathy Hardie-Williams, whether you’re a parent of young children or not, think about what it might take to implement the steps she recommends in your own life.
Might you want to re-parent yourself using her advice?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: What’s good for kids is good for all of us.
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