We prioritise developing children’s emotional intelligence (EQ), and it has been said that EQ is the new IQ, but why? It can be explained best in three layers (what is EQ, the general benefits of developing it, and the specific benefits for children). Our EQ approach is completely research-backed.
Emotional intelligence is a set of skills associated with monitoring one’s own and others’ emotions, and the ability to use emotions to guide one’s thinking and actions (Salovey & Mayer 1990).
Emotions impact our attention, memory, and learning; our ability to build relationships with others; and our physical and mental health (Salovey & Mayer 1990).
Children with higher emotional intelligence are better able to pay attention, are more engaged in school, have more positive relationships, and are more empathic (Raver, Garner, & Smith-Donald 2007; Eggum et al. 2011). They also regulate their behaviors better and earn higher grades (Rivers et al. 2012).