Ages 0 to 5 years are known as “The Golden Years”,because in these times a child forms character, traits and intelligence both intelligence and emotional intelligence, which underlie his traits, mindset and point of view in later ages. At this time, parents have an important role in introducing the concept of child intelligence, especially emotional intelligence in early childhood.
Emotional intelligence is a person’s ability, capacity or skill to be able to accept, measure and regulate the emotions of himself, others or even groups making it easier for him to interact daily.
Children who are not given space to develop emotionally can grow into difficult individuals. This can continue until they enter adulthood. Harmonious soul and physical growth and development become the forerunner of a healthy child’s person that is needed when they grow up.
4 aspects of emotional intelligence are:
2. The ability to manage themselves,
3. Social awareness and
4. Ability to manage interactions with the social environment.
The role of parents is very important to be a role model or role model in introducing the concept of emotional intelligence of children.
Training Emotional Intelligence
Some examples that can be done to train children to be emotionally intelligent, can be done in several ways, for example:
1. Get used to expressing feelings when talking to children. For example: “Mama likes to see you singing both sisters”. Or “if you’re sick, you’re very sad.”
2. If parents make mistakes do not hesitate to apologize, set an example to the child and do it seriously.
3. Try to communicate with children, give them the opportunity to tell their activities according to their abilities. Be an active listener. Children will get used to talking and showing emotions, and feel genuine attention from parents.
4. Give your child a chance to understand what others are feeling. For example, when you see beggars, tell them that they are incapable people, who live in need unlike themselves. Do it in language that the child understands. Children will learn to empathize.
5. Train the child to be able to accept his limitations and instill feelings of pride in his advantages. This can lead to feelings of confidence in the child.
6. Give examples of how to express gratitude, for example when children get praise for their success or when receiving birthday gifts. Teach to say thank you to the giver of gifts or compliments.
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Emotional intelligence is not just a child’s duty alone. The active role of parents is very important in the process of developing children’s emotional intelligence. Intelligent emotions are a reciprocal process with their environment and learning that children get from daily activities.