Why Emotional Intelligence Matters

There is evidence that children who are aware of their emotions and know how to express them in a socially acceptable manner are more likely to be school-ready, perform better in school, have better social relationships, are more empathetic and supportive of others, feel more confident, competent and capable, are happier and are less likely to display behavioral problems.

Although kids begin to be fully aware of their emotions and understand how to manage them at about age 10, researchers suggest that they can learn about emotions from as early as age 3.

Kids cannot appropriately express emotions if they are not taught about those emotions first. When we help express our kids’ emotions by saying “I can see you’re sad” or “I know you’re angry because you would have liked to eat ice cream right now” we not only teach them to identify different emotions, we also help them put their feelings into words.


Why to Talk to Kids About Emotions

It is never too early to talk to kids about emotions. Many emotions such as anger, jealousy or anxiety are difficult for kids to deal with. Tantrums and aggressive behavior are often linked to unmanaged emotions in children hiding feelings such as guilt, hurt or embarrassment. When kids learn to manage their emotions in childhood, it leads to positive attitudes and behaviors later in life.


Wave-bands Support Teachers and Kids

Emotional intelligence reflects the ability to perceive,  understand and manage emotions. Wave-bands play a critical role in developing emotional intelligence to enhance thought and understanding of interpersonal dynamics and effectively communicate emotions in a socially acceptable manner.


Talk often & briefly

The visibility of Wave-bands helps you address feelings frequently. Ask a child about the choice of their band or how you can help them reach their desired Wave-band color. Knowing a child’s emotions makes short, meaningful conversations a routine. Such conversations become natural and make children more open to sharing their  feelings.   


Picking the right moment matters 

 The best time to talk to kids about emotions is when student and teacher are both calm, relaxed and attentive.

Wave-bands reveal the emotional state of both you and your students allowing you to choose  a moment in which trust and empathy are the foundation.  


Identify feelings in others 

Provide frequent opportunities to identify feelings in others.
Wave-bands make these conversations fun! Read stories and books asking your students to identify the Wave-band colors characters could have chosen. This is a great way to discuss feelings and it helps kids learn to recognize and understand feelings in people around them.   


Encourage with praise

Praise your students for wearing their Wave-bands or even use them to address their feelings.
Your encouragement teaches them that feelings are normal, that it is ok and possible to show them in an appropriate way and talk to others about them. Praise also conveys the message that you are there for them.   


Be a role model 

Children learn about feelings and how to express them appropriately by observing others.
Wear your Wave-band proudly! Explain to your students why you selected your color that day. You could share your plan for changing the color throughout the day or even offer how they could help you.  


Name the feeling  

Naming feelings and giving them a label is the first step in helping kids learn to identify feelings. It allows children to develop a vocabulary they can use to talk about their feelings.
 Wave-bands help children relate their emotions to a color and easily recognize them in others as well as in themselves.  




Provide a Wave-band collection to each student and encourage them to wear the color of their choice every day. To set an example, it is recommended that teachers and other staff members wear them as well. Address students who wear their band of accomplishment and congratulate them. It is easy for teachers to treat every student the same, while each individual child has their own battles and unique situations at home. Recognizing their Wave-band color can give valuable insight into a student's emotional state and allow us to approach them in a different, more appropriate and considerate way.