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Is Your Child's Classroom and Home Emotionally Intelligent? If Not, Why Not?

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And we wonder about what is going on in our world today? Our children spend most of their lives either at home or in the classroom. Studies are now showing the absolute need for a change in how we raise our children emotionally. We are all affected by our chaotic, instant global environment that bombards us each and every day. Our young children experience instant gratification through their ipads and toys, our teens creating excitement through twitter and instagram and our adults addicted to the phone and internet all causing a breakdown of communication across the board.

Education and our classrooms are focused on standardized testing causing intense stress for students and teachers leaving little time for the creativity, communication, play, problem solving necessary for a well-rounded education. Aristotle, how many years ago, is quoted as saying, “Educating the brain without educating the heart, is no education at all.

Teaching Emotional Intelligence in classrooms and in our homes, will help calm the current chaos, will refocus our parents and our educators and will bring civility back to communities! Bullying on all fronts will slowly dissipate for with the practicing of new behaviors and refocusing on the positive messages and development our emotional brain requires, we will set in motion what is required to leave our children a different legacy than they are destined for today.

What does having an emotionally intelligent classrooms and home look like? These behaviors will resonate as daily occurrences:

Empathy for others through kindness/teaching appropriate relatedness

Choosing positive thinking that motivates good choices/builds confidence

Extending a hand in service helping us to choose others needs before our own/learning to delay gratification

Managing our emotions and regulating our moods with positive self-talk and awareness/self-control

Capacity to communicate our apologies and receive them helping to clear the path for more clear thinking

Learning to share, compromise, problem solve through play, role playing our dreams, hopes and goals

Persisting in the face of frustration by focusing on gratitude, re-experiencing our challenges as not being victimized

Look at our world today and decide to do your part to impart change as one emotionally intelligent home and classroom at a time! Just doing one of these will mark a beginning! And if you agree, please share on facebook, linkedin, twitter! Help get the momentum rolling!


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Karen Stone has over 35 years experience in education from preschool-college. She has a BA in Special Ed and MA in Learning Disabilities. Not only a professional in the field but also a parent of a child with significant disabilities. Her business experience includes 5 years as manager of an after-school tutoring program in 9 counties of NJ. She is currently the CEO of SoftStone Products, Inc. Karen has written children’s Emotional Intelligence programs (Pre-school-HS) research-based and piloted. This program is complete with classroom curriculums and parent guides. Karen writes an anti-bullying blog with now over 100,000 followers. She is currently giving in-service workshops in school districts receiving many positive comments. She is also a motivational speaker and author of a children's book and CD. Her passion and life’s work is helping to create emotionally safe environments in school and at home so that each child has the opportunity to reach his/her unique potential. She lost her beautiful son to Melanoma a year ago and has been able to sustain his passing thanks to her ability to maintain an emotionally safe internal dialogue. Currently, working to create a grief support group teaching these important life sustaining skills..

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