Emotional Intelligence & Childhood Education

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Emotional Intelligence & Childhood Education
John Emmert
Elana Zolfo

In this study I have explored the concept of Emotional Intelligence with respect to Early Childhood Education. My paper begins with a brief overview of Emotional Intelligence and then discusses the importance of Emotional Intelligence in relation to the Early Childhood Education in a detailed manner. Throughout the study, I found that Emotional Intelligence plays an important part of Early Childhood Education in developing children as a whole. Concluding remarks about Emotional Intelligence and Early Childhood Education.

Emotional Intelligence & Childhood Education

Every day of our lives, if not every minute and even every second, we have to deal with our emotions and those of others. Emotions play an important role in our lives. They can sometimes dominate us, sometimes make us very happy and sometimes make us very unhappy. The awakening of Emotional Intelligence is essential to enable the child and the student to understand what are emotions. This gives the child a chance to get out of their way and to get the most for their well-being. Hence it’s importance of learning Emotional Intelligence as early as possible in our childhood. (Weinberg, Scarr & Waldman, 1992). Emotional intelligence is a way to interact with the world. Being aware of feelings, which includes skills such as impulse control, self-esteem, motivation, enthusiasm, perseverance, empathy, mental agility, etc. They shape character traits like self-discipline, compassion and altruism, which is essential for a good and creative social adjustment. Emotional intelligence, as we all know, is a relatively new concept, but is deeply instilled in the educational field. Early Childhood Education is no stranger to this movement. Improving your Emotional Intelligence is not an easy or quick process. On the contrary, it is a process that takes a lifetime, because it is influenced by changes and situations which we have to face along our life path (Coon et al, 1993). The time we spend on our children to develop their Emotional Intelligence, is not time wasted. It will be a time of great quality, communication and mutual respect and learning through fun. We will be increasing their chances for life long happiness. Emotional intelligence is considered essential to perceive feelings appropriately and accurately. The ability to assimilate and understand them properly and the ability to regulate and modify your mood or that of others. This ability to manage emotions appropriately can and should develop from the earliest years of life. Emotions are expressed from birth. A child loved and cherished, is a child with self-confidence and a safe child. (Teasdale & Owen, 1984). Education not only provides intellectual and school performance, it also is putting emphasis on the development of emotional skills and self-esteem. People with emotional intelligence:

Learn to identify their own emotions.
Manage their emotional reactions to identify appropriate ways to express them. •Develop an unconditional acceptance of themselves and others. •Develop self-control and empathy towards others.
Since children learn Emotional Intelligence in different situations, they learn how to troubleshoot those situations with different responses.

The personality develops as a result of the socialization process. The child assimilates the attitudes, values and customs of society. Parents are the figure of identification for their children who are active agents if socialization. Family life will be the first school for emotional learning (Mayer, Salovey & Caruso, 2000). On the other hand, socialization will effect the largest number of a child's experiences and assit in the development of their personality. By controlling most of the child’s experiences, parents contribute to the development of social cognition....
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