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
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.
Identify feelings in others
Encourage with praise
Be a role model
Name the feeling