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
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