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When should you start to teach your kids about emotional health? When their five? Six? Fifteen? The answer might surprise you. Check out this week’s Self-Care Hacks podcast for seven hacks that will help you teach your kids (and you) about emotional health.
When Should You Start to Teach Your Kids About Emotional Intelligence?
Can you teach a two-year-old about her emotions? And why does it matter? As a parent of adult children, I can testify that my husband and I made a big mistake by not teaching our girls about their emotions. In our defense, no one talked to US about OUR emotions when we were kids, so we didn’t really understand how to do it or why it was important.
Sometimes, I wish I could have a parenting do-over with all the information available today. But, I really wouldn’t want to have little kids at my age, so I guess I’ll just have to ask forgiveness of my adult children and learn from them how to help others gain emotional intelligence!
I spoke with three women who have young children or work with young children for tips on how to teach kids emotional intelligence. You can actually teach your kids about emotional intelligence from birth. Crazy, right? Today’s podcast will give you seven practical ideas to teach your kids about their emotions. You might just learn something new about your own emotions along the way.
Learn more about emotional intelligence here and here.
Michael Brody-Waite’s book is available on Amazon.
Here’s a great example of an emotions wheel.
You can watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS.
Come back next week when I share hacks for dealing with life during a crisis…like the coronavirus or cancer.
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