Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

Book smarts, emotional intelligence, street smarts, and creativity-does your child possess all of these qualities?  Is it possible in our busy life to cultivate all of these skills in our children?  How do you decide which ones to focus on?  And how do you determine which areas get the most time?  It is a tough question to answer and different things work for different families.

I happen to be a creative person.  As a result, my children are exposed to my creative side which gives them exposure to a variety of art mediums.  So I assume that they will develop some of these skills simply by watching, but more often than not, they end up participating.

Book smarts take place in school, at the library, and for us, at Russian Math.

Street smarts is simply the daily life experiences that teach us about how to participate in our community.  Going to the market, walking to school, and learning how to navigate your city all contribute to learning necessary street smarts.

According to Google, Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.  EI, I hope, is learned at home through random acts of kindness, participating in book drives, and being a caring classmate or neighbor.  This, in my opinion is one of the more underrated areas of being smart.  All too often we get caught up in our to-do lists and forget to think about how our emotions guide us.

How can we create more opportunities for learning a deeper level of Emotional Intelligence?  Or will it just happen if we model it for our kids?

For additional insight, see Dr. Laura Markham’s article on Raising An Intelligent, Creative Child.http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/raise-great-kids/intelligent-creative-child

it for our kids?

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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