Emotional Intelligence (EQ) can be defined as
a person’s ability to identify, understand, and manage
his/her own emotions as well as the emotions of others.
Our ability to identify and understand our children’s emotions can give us insight into their behavior as we guide them toward healthy, fully functioning, self expressed beings. As parents, we also need to understand how our own emotions, thoughts, and feelings affect our outward display of behavior. The way we react or engage with our children’s "big emotions" is telling about our ability to identify and manage our own "big emotions".
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been said to be one of the greatest predictors of success. Proposed in 1983 by developmental psychologist, Howard Gardner, EQ became of interest to the masses after studies showed how it was linked to success. It was revealed that 70% of the time people with average IQ’s outperformed those with the highest IQ’s. This threw a wrench in what many people assumed was the sole source of success. Decades of research has shown that people with high EQ's set them apart from the rest of the pack.
Many times, as parents, we struggle with our own "big emotions" as well as our children’s "big emotions". Many of us may have been raised in environments with limiting beliefs about emotions or where we were directly or subtly discouraged to express emotions. Yet, we are emotional beings, and every emotion serves us. Joy and contentment give us a sense of safety and fear or anger alert us to danger. Developing a greater awareness and value of EQ will have a powerful impact in every area of your life. You will have improved relationships both personally and professionally, with your children, your partner, your co-workers, friends and family, and even a better relationship with yourself.
Emotionally Intelligent Parenting (EIP) uses the research on emotional intelligence as a foundation for our classes as well as the work of some of the most respected parenting experts of our time. We draw from the most current research on brain science and child development and employ the language of Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Our goal is to create a unique learning environment where we can share our knowledge to help you develop a practice that honors your journey.