What a pleasure it was to talk with Andrea Samadi, the host of the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast! We discussed so many things I’m interested in including the Goleman EI certification program, Social and Emotional Learning, and parenting strategies. I’ve learned so much from listening to her show and I can’t recommend my episode and all the rest highly enough.
3:47—At what point in your career did you see the importance of teaching EI to children and parents?
“There are so many tragic events that in hindsight actually had red flags and warning signs that had people been more aware and more empathetic and receptive to them, I think a lot of lives could have been saved.”
9:47—Can you explain the competencies that were important in the Goleman certification and how would you teach these competencies to a parent or child?
“When it comes to teaching children, you have to incorporate fun!”
32:10—Why do you think it’s so important to teach these skills at an early age and what skills do you think are missing from today’s corporate environments?
“Why not start at the youngest age possible to prepare a child to be ready for school and to be socially capable of handling relationships, forming friendships, and having empathy.”
41:25—What are some strategies to really listen to what our kids are thinking and feeling, without letting it suck the life force out of us as parents?
“One helpful strategy is viewing your child as an individual rather than an extension of yourself. Having a coach and mentor mentality can be a helpful perspective.”
47:45—Any final thoughts?