Isn’t education a funny thing. Throughout childhood we were taught everything, it seems, that we needed in order to build, create and navigate pathways towards a successful life for ourselves.

We were taught everything from an academic perspective; that being math, science, history, geography…

Don’t know about you, I can’t recall attending a lesson that taught me to understand my emotions, where they came from and how to deal with them.

If anything this is just as important tool for a child to have to enable them to navigate through life and it’s social complexities as any academic one.

But the question is, is this a lesson to be taught in school? Or is this a lesson for the parents to teach?

Today we are thrilled to be joined with Kari Sutton, on this very topic.

Kari is an expert in fostering children’s positive mental health. Kari has helped over 25,000 children, parents, and educators with evidence-based strategies, tools and approaches as well as common sense tips that help kids stop worrying so much and to manage their anxiety.

Her expertise has made her an in-demand conference speaker, author and consultant in wanting to foster children’s positive mental health.

She will soon be launching her second book “Raising a Mentally Fit Generation”

We ask Kari questions including:

  1. Do you think it is the role of a school teacher and or of a parent to teach children EQ?
  2. What is emotional intelligence and why is it so important for our kids to develop these skills?
  3. Are EQ and empathy the same thing?
  4. How can we help our children develop emotional intelligence?
  5. So, there many parents in this generation who quite possibly were never taught EQ, how can they then teach their children about something they have never fully learnt themselves?
  6. You mention that Daniel Goleman has identified five components of emotional intelligence, can you go through them with us now?
  7. How can parents start to prevent children from having meltdowns at home and in public?
  8. How can we help children manage their emotions so that they don’t get stuck?
  9. Do you think that when children can identify and express their emotions that it helps them to mature a little?
  10. How can parents teach their children the skills and language that they need to use when communicating their emotions?
  11. How can being mentally fit benefit our children?

For Kari’s full article please visit:

https://kiddipedia.com.au/raising-emotionally-intelligent-kids/

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