Emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is shaped from the moment of birth. Parents are an integral part of the development of the child’s personality. They are undoubtedly the most important link and the first mentors in the development of the emotional aspects of a child. Daily contact with parents, even the smallest amount, has an emotional subtext, which is why the constant repetition of the same phrases, or behavior significantly affects the emotional outlook and skills of each child, and thus shapes his character. Considering the prior, for parents to be able to raise children with emotional intelligence, we must set an example for them. Family is the most important element in the development of emotional intelligence, but keep in mind that each child develops differently and therefore each child is in need of a different amount of individual time. A child shapes their emotional habits in the first few years of their life. Therefore it is important to familiarize the child with appropriate behaviors and teach them how to deal with their emotions. Considering that children respond differently than adults, as parents it is crucial to maintain a calm composure, and set a good example

In a nutshell emotional intelligence includes:

  • The ability to recognize emotions in one’s self and in others
  • The ability to regulate one’s emotions
  • The ability to appropriately respond to the emotions of others
  • To be able to use emotions in tasks such as thinking, and problem solving

Emotional intelligence refers to the knowledge of our inner-selves and above all, what we feel and how we understand our emotions. The next step is to maintain cautious control over emotional activity in order to achieve emotional intelligence. A person should constantly be motivated internally in terms of their own development. This involves continuous improvement with much effort. For people’s aspirations to be fully realized, one should learn to view other people from their point of view, in order to empathize with the current situation. This is associated with the art of communicating, in other words, the creation of social ties. Social skills are created by creating constant interpersonal contacts, through which cooperation with others is learned.

Developing Emotional Intelligence brings significant benefits to improve the quality of life:
  • Recognition of emotions in themselves and others
  • Recognition of negative emotional states and trying to counteract them
  • Ability to maintain normal relations with their peers, teachers and parents
  • Allows use of all of one’s potential to achieve objectives
  • Better stress management, and problem solving through constructive criticism
  • Strong motivation of the natural desire to act
  • Knowing one’s own value as a person
  • Stable desire of self-esteem with which one accepts, and respects themselves and others
  • Sense of one’s own abilities and limitations, and taking responsibility for one’s own life
Children participating in the activities of Emotional Intelligence, experienced primarily the following effects:
  • Skillfully express emotions and understand age appropriate feelings
  • Skilfully control age appropriate emotions
  • Find it easier to make friends
  • Are more aimable
  • Know how to share, help, and care
  • Exhibit altruistic behavior
  • Are tolerant of others
  • Gladly follow social conduct
  • They differentiate “good” behavior from bad” behavior
  • Solve problems and conflicts more wisely

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