According to a study from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, the ability to manage emotions determines how children behave and their ability to learn.
The main topics of this study on the emotional intelligence of children between ages 10 and 12 included emotional expression, self-control, motivation, self-knowledge and social skills.
The results found that their social skills scored lowest. It was also concluded that many have difficulties expressing and managing their emotions when they are surrounded by a large group of people.
Factors that affect children’s behavior:
- Family is key. This has a cognitive and emotional impact. Children are constantly observing how their parents behave, their optimism or pessimism, and especially how they relate to one another.
- Intellectual stimulation as a foundation for their development. During this stage of growth, it is important to say things like, “Keep going! You can add more color! Go for it!” Games that require children to focus and concentrate can be very helpful.
- Encourage them to talk about their feelings. Taking an interest in what is going on with them and in their expression, or asking them what the best and worst part of their day was, serves to stimulate their emotions. It is important to teach them to express their feelings with good self-control so they learn to handle future situations.
For children to be best equipped to deal with the world, it is important they have good emotional intelligence.