Emotional Quotient (EQ) is the ability to regulate and express our emotions, and be aware about our feelings. This teaches us to be empathetic and handle our relationships in the most effective way possible. It is important that EQ gets developed from the early stages of one's life because it helps to manage our emotional distress and feelings which are overwhelming to the child.
A successful child learns to maintain good social contacts, with the ability to persuade and negotiate with people. This requires understanding of the others’ and their own emotions, and deal with people and their emotions in a patient and sensitive way.
This process of learning about regulation of our emotions starts from a very young age, and it needs active contribution of the parents to let the child develop the right amount of EQ.
Emotions are feelings, which in turn affect our thoughts and behaviors. Earlier, the researchers proposed that there are many emotions, but over time they recognised 6 main emotions. These are: sadness, happiness, anger, surprise, disgust, and fear.
Parents play a very important role in helping their children develop EQ in the following ways:
Show your emotions
Most parents feel that their children should not be told about any problems that they are facing. They try to hide their emotions from their children and feel that they are becoming the ‘ideal’ parent by not letting their children see their problems. This makes the child grow up in an illusion world, where he/she is trained to ignore the emotions that are draining for someone and not talk about the problems at hand.
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