Learning to be emotionally intelligent is a process that is best introduced at an early age and it’s up to us, as parents, to guide our children on this process. In this article, I’m going to discuss the long-term benefits of early EI education and in the next article I will give you some tools for starting that education on your own.
Studies have shown that the earlier someone learns to develop their EI competencies, the stronger those competencies will be later in life. When kids begin developing these skills at an early age, they learn to recognize their emotions and manage the negative ones while fully realizing their positive emotional potential.
Specifically, research found that children who demonstrate high levels of Emotional Intelligence are better equipped to deal with symptoms of depression and loneliness. Children are confronting these feelings earlier than ever before. These findings suggest there are huge benefits from learning Emotional Intelligence at an early age. By providing this education, we provide children the tools they need to face mental health struggles before they become overwhelming.
Empathy. Listening ability. The so-called, “soft skills,” are an integral part of success in professional settings. Life is going to be full of opportunities for your child to use these skills, so why not give them a leg up as early as possible? Even though people won’t always remember if you are an amazing listener, they will definitely remember if you ignored them or if you weren’t paying attention to what they said. Beginning to teach the importance of these skills in early childhood means your child will have practiced recognizing their own emotions in order to manage them, recognizing other people’s emotions in order to connect with them, and engaging with mindfulness in a way that helps them find meaning in their life.
Teaching Emotional Intelligence can be especially helpful for children with learning and thinking differences, but learning these skills at a young age is important for every child. It will teach your child to become a better person and a more capable leader. They will learn how to control their emotional state instead of letting their emotional state decide their actions. Less often will they find themselves in a temper tantrum or a meltdown because they will be able to recognize how their actions affect others and how they can improve their emotional state.