Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

The value of emotional intelligence (EQ) has been clearly documented in a variety of studies.

Firstly, a child with a high EQ is more likely to regulate his/her emotions well and work thru boredom, fear, and emotional challenges. Children who are able to regulate their emotions are thereby better able to show emotional toughness in the face of challenges or competitions. They can find the discipline and impulse control to work hard to achieve their goals and resist the temptation of getting into trouble with substance abuse or behavioral issues.

Secondly, children with high EQ are self-aware. As parents, we cannot prevent the pain and challenges that children will face in life, but we can equip them with the right tools to navigate life’s challenges and tough decisions. A self-aware individual has the ability to understand their likes and dislikes, to choose a career that suits them, and to find a romantic partner that is well-matched to them.

Lastly, emotion coaching leads to the right “brain wiring” for your child. It literally changes the structure of your child’s brain, leading to overall wellbeing, better relationships, better focus, and emotional resilience and grit when facing challenges.

The value of emotional intelligence in performance cannot be overstated. In our work with executives and elite athletes, it becomes clear that managing emotions effectively can make or break a competition. In high-performance situations, talent is a given, as is excellent preparation. When under pressure, the variable that differentiates between the good and the great is the ability to manage emotions under pressure.

At Eliana Cohen Psychology, we offer a three- to five-session parenting program that integrates the research from a wide range of scientists: 1) Attachment Theories (Ainsworth, Bowlby), 2) The Gottman Institute (“Parenting for Emotional Intelligence”), and 3) The work of Daniel Siegel (“The Whole Brain Child). The result is a program that is not only essential in terms of creating emotional health, but is also highly effective in preventing developmental issues (school dropouts, behavioral problems, or substance abuse). Our program is also invaluable when you are thinking about the brain development of your child.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Eliana Cohen Psychology in Toronto today!