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!