Tip #2 – Walk them through their feelings
As mentioned previously, children feel much of the same emotions that adults do, but don’t always have the right words to describe them. Next time your child cries, don’t be so quick to silence them.
For adults, crying is usually associated with sadness. It is normal for us to vent and express feelings to our best friend or partner. However, crying children are not always sad. Sometimes the reason behind their tears is hunger, pain, frustration, or need for attention3.
Part of being emotionally intelligent is being able to identify what you are feeling and why you are feeling that way. As a child, having someone you trust to unpack thoughts and emotions relieves built-up stress and helps make coping easier. As a parent, being able to guide your child through tough times strengthens your relationship and trust, making it easier to establish a happy family.
Tip #3 – Listen, listen, listen
Raising your child to promote high EQ is not the same thing as lecturing them. When it comes to understanding your child’s thoughts and the way they express feelings, active listening is a must.
Make good eye contact and sit with them at eye-level. This lets them know that you are focused on what they have to say and you will be less intimidating. Avoid telling them how they should feel about a certain event or person. Instead, go over or repeat back what your child said to let them know you were paying attention4.
Active listening skills are also important for your child to learn as they grow up and aids in their EQ development.
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