Have you been hearing about "social-emotional learning" ?
It's become quite the buzz word in our NYC Public Schools and certainly one that my children's school is embracing. All I can say is that I am elated about this shift to truly merge the academic world with the social-emotional component of scholastic success.
This excites me even more because it's absolutely in complete alignment with conscious parenting.Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a contributing factor to raising self-awareness and consciousness. So what exactly is E.I. and how does this relate to parenting?
E.I. is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. Whether or not we do this well in our parenting, isn't this the exact task we're called to do every day when STUFF comes up with our children? Isn't this at the essence of our parenting?
Improving our E.I. and understanding our levels of consciousness will foster the the conditions of our children feeling understood, valued and safe.
As we become emotionally literate in the way we connect and engage with our children, we will be able to distinguish, understand and be aware of how our (and our children) thoughts and feelings connect with outward displays of behaviors - which then leads to expressing appropriate emotions.
I'm all for social-emotional learning taking place in our schools as our children get to see, hear and experience more adults and peers modeling this skill. Simultaneously, we are our children's best teachers and improving our emotional literacy in the home has the most reverberating impact.
Career surveys continue to show that regardless the industry or career, skill & aptitude are just one component of getting + keeping the job. An equal competitor of performance, and at times even outweighing IQ, is an individual's Emotional Intelligence. So, not only is this of value in our very personal relationships with our children, it's a life skill that will serve our children in many arenas. They'll surely say, "Thanks Mom and Dad!"
We are all emotional beings and no matter if we're a parent, child, sibling, friend, employer or employee ... our emotions WILL have an influence on our day. How we feel at any time is directly related to what we do and how we do it.
When we're able to improve our E.I. we're able to decrease stress, enhance interpersonal skills, demonstrate greater leadership, improve decision making, troubleshoot and problem solve more easily.
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