When raising gifted and intense kids, we have our work cut out for us. Gifted kids are asynchronous and often challenge all we thought we knew about discipline. A lot of the struggles we face as tired parents of smart kids can be related to how well our children are able to grow emotionally.
Have you ever thought about your kiddo’s emotional intelligence?
What is emotional intelligence, anyway?
According to Psychology Today, emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. There are three important skills to consider:
- Your child’s emotional awareness, which includes the ability to identify his or her own emotions and the emotions of others.
- His or her ability to rein in emotions and apply them to difficult tasks like problem solving.
- Your kiddo’s ability to manage his or her emotions, including the ability to regulate those emotions while attempting to calm or cheer another person.
Traits of Emotionally Intelligent People
How can you recognize and encourage these traits in your kids? People who have high emotional intelligence:
- are positive.
- choose to be friends with other positive people.
- set healthy boundaries.
- can be assertive when they need to.
- don’t dwell on the past.
- know how to enjoy the moment and deal with disappointments.
- tend to be interested in others, while being interesting to be around.
- describe themselves as happy.
- can empathize with others.
- know when to say yes or no in situations.
Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids
Emotional intelligence is an important thing to learn for children and adults of all ages. Being emotionally intelligent means being strong socially.
Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can help your kiddos improve their social skills and, in turn, their emotional intelligence.
Books about Emotional Intelligence
If you’re anything like me, when you’re trying to learn something new, you start by getting your hands on every book available on the topic. I found so many books on the topic, and while I haven’t read them all, these are the ones I’ve either checked out or plan to order soon:
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent ChildMindful DisciplineThe Whole-Brain ChildHow to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will TalkThe Heart of Parenting: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent ChildThe 5 Love Languages of ChildrenParenting from the Inside OutEmotional Intelligence For ChildrenRaising Emotionally Intelligent TeenagersEQ and Your ChildHow To Raise Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence200 Ways to Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence
Games to Help Build Emotional Intelligence
I’m always on the look out for ways to teach my kids using fun games and resources. I was excited to see so many great games to help build emotional intelligence in my kiddos because I believe that learning through play is one of the greatest ways for kids to learn. We’ve tried a few of the ones below and have some new ones on our wish list:
Q’s Race to the Top Educational Board GameQ’s Race to the Top On-the-Go PackMy Feelings GameFeelings Playing CardsThoughts and Feelings Card GameFeelings In a Jar®The Talking, Feeling and Doing GameMad Dragon: An Anger Control Card GameMixed Emotions GameThe UngameEmotion Mania ThumballThe Talking, Feeling, & Doing Card GameStop, Relax & Think GameThe Art of Children’s ConversationEmotion-oes Board GameHow Would You Feel If… Card Game
If you really want to improve your kids’ emotional intelligence, you can. These books and games will get you started, and the rewards for your kiddos (and you) will be totally worth it.
More on the Social and Emotional Needs of Kids
You can read more about nurturing kids’ emotional intelligence from some other sites around the web over on HoagiesGifted.org for their October 2016 Blog Hop.
And, here are some more posts to check out about the social and emotional needs of gifted children: