Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children
by Linda Lantieri with Daniel Goleman
As we support our children and think about their personal growth and development, we are naturally concerned with our child’s education. We practice multiplication tables with them, help them write letters to grandparents and read bedtime stories. But are we missing one of the most important pieces in their education?
Educators and psychologists continue to uncover more and more evidence that suggests there is another essential, often-neglected element of a child’s education: building a high level of emotional intelligence. Pioneering educator Linda Lantieri has collaborated with psychologist Daniel Goleman to deliver a guide for helping children understand and harness their emotions, their minds and their bodies as they move towards greater emotional intelligence. With thoughtful writing by Lantieri and a CD with exercises by Goleman, Building Emotional Intelligence guides parents and educators in developing a child’s inner strength.
From a Parentology perspective the book covers topics like self-management, curiosity, acceptance and deep listening. These are all skills that contribute to emotional intelligence. Cultivating emotional intelligence in your child is critical to raising a child who will become who they want to become, with the strong social and emotional skills that will empower and guide them in the world today. Strong emotional intelligence will also help both parent and child develop a strong bond, intimacy and trust.
Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, writes, “Building Emotional Intelligence will be a welcome resource for parents and teachers seeking to teach children to slow down and listen to their inner voices.”
We agree with Mrs Edelman and recommend that you take a look at this book and the skills developed in it as another tool you can use as you nurture a loved and empowered child.
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