Emotional Intelligence is completely learnable. It’s a mindset. It can be transformed.
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Kids that have a trusted adult, that are taught coping skills and social and emotional competence, kids that love and accept themselves, are not going to want to hurt themselves or others.
Fostering those relationships and skills makes common sense and is also backed up by decades of research.
To build the more human workforce of the future, we need to start teaching all kids Emotional Intelligence skills right now. Emotional Intelligence is often call EQ. It’s like IQ for your heart.
A workforce that is curious, empathetic, imaginative, motivated, and purposeful doesn’t start with someone’s first day on the job. It starts in schools and families and communities. Businesses need to get behind this effort in a big way, or else they’ll be way behind the curve very quickly.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a longstanding educational concept aimed at teaching children skills like managing stress, treating others with respect and empathy, working cooperatively, and recognizing emotions.
But even as some educators have turned to social-emotional learning as a tool to help students navigate the loss and disruption brought about by the pandemic, conservative groups and lawmakers who have sought to restrict how race and gender are discussed in school have also turned their attention to SEL, arguing that it too can be a vector for discussions about identity and equity.
Reframe interactions as opportunities.
Each interaction with your child is an opportunity to deepen your caring connection. It can also be an opportunity for you to build a social and emotional skill in your child and in yourself if you view it in that way. Instead of being annoyed by your attention being pulled away from work to your child, you can see the chance for investment in their development.
The third annual SEL Day on March 11, 2022. SEL Day celebrates the growing movement to equip all preK – 12 students with the social and emotional life skills they need to be happy and successful in school, relationships, work, and life.
This year, EQuip Our Kids!, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to increase awareness of SEL, is hosting an online webinar featuring parents who are SEL expert parents whose children have transformed and thrived from experiencing SEL in their schools.
Research shows trauma in children often results from stress that is chronic, unpredictable or prolonged.
In other words, the story of COVID-19.
More than two years into the pandemic, stresses are surfacing not only in K-12 students in Georgia, but in the adults who care for them.
HundrED and The LEGO Foundation have joined together again to create the Social & Emotional Spotlight Report to identify impactful and scalable solutions that help parents and educators support the development of children’s social and emotional skills.
“Social and emotional learning is good for the child, good for the workforce, and good for society.”
Anne-Birgitte Albrechtsen, Chief Executive Officer at The LEGO Foundation.