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EQ classes for children and teens

By: Candice Dick
7th January 2013

In today’s world children, teens and young adults are faced with a myriad of challenges – the bombardment of media and distractions results in an expectation of instant gratification, lack of human connection as pixels take priority over people. This compounds the age-old human struggles of sibling rivalry, bullying, a need for acceptance and belonging.  Without the skills to navigate these demands, a child’s confidence, ability to focus and feel safe is impacted. Emotions become a challenge resulting in explosive behaviour or bottling of emotions as a coping mechanism.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand, manage and use emotions to make good decisions.  When you help your child understand and handle overwhelming feelings such as anger, frustration, or confusion, you develop his/her emotional intelligence (EI) or Emotional quotient (EQ).

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

A well-developed emotional intelligence, research has shown, impacts positively on relationship quality, good health, life satisfaction, self-efficacy and personal achievement.  Emotional Intelligence helps us to understand other people, our reactions and ourselves.

EQ classes or Social-Emotional Learning in a group, class or workshop environment offers a place for children, teens and young adults to be supported to take a journey to develop an understanding and healthy relationship with their emotions. They can be supported to connect and explore feelings using a variety of tools including movement, creative play and mindful reflection all offer great opportunities for learning.

Developing this emotional awareness is the foundation of a healthy Emotional Quotient (EQ).  EQ is essential in helping children become confident, responsible, and successful adults who navigate skillfully through life and their interpersonal relationships.

Various EQ Experts offer EQ classes, EQ coaching or EQ asssesments as a way to explore the inner world of the mind and heart – it takes courage, commitment and a willingness to step beyond ones comfort zone.

It can be an emotional adventure. Like an adventure sport which requires commitment, it can be scary but at the end of an adventure you are rewarded with a sense of triumph of having dug deep and made it through with a deeper appreciation for life and living.  Emotional Adventures grow a greater awareness of emotions as a compass you carry within.  When you dig deep to find your truth you can discover a greater capacity to embrace life whole-heartedly.

For us to fully integrate knowledge and learning, for it to become part of our daily lives we need to have an experience. The process of experiencing something takes it from simply being Intellectual knowledge into wisdom and a tool that we can then draw on.

Why is it important to understand emotions?

  • Emotions are active 24-7.
  • Emotions are present in all relationships.
  • Relationships are impacted by how we feel about ourselves and others.
  • Our relationship to emotions affects how we function in the world.

Social Emotional Learning is essential in supporting children become confident, accountable and successful human beings.

EQ Classes for children and teens can help with…

  • Emotional Outbursts
  • Poor attention and lack of focus
  • Anxiety
  • Stress or overwhelm
  • Poor relationship skills
  • Bullying or being bullied
  • Shyness
  • Motivation
  • Self-confidence

Who EQ Experts are not?  We are not doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists or speech therapists, we do not diagnose or prescribe.

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