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Effective Communication Skills for Emotional Intelligence

by Michelle Dempsey M.S., CPRW

Emotional intelligence in children is a topic that is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Building your child’s emotional intelligence, or emotional quotient (EQ), is a key factor in establishing effective communication skills. 

And for any Mom who has had to scrape her toddler off the floor at Target mid-tantrum, effective communication skills are an obsession as strong as refreshing the Danizo website for new tees to buy.

Emotional intelligence is a person’s ability to identify, evaluate, control, and express emotions.” It Is what helps us to develop clear thought patterns, communicate with others, and negotiate situations when necessary.

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According to South Florida Psychotherapist Tamara Filgueiras, LCSW, “Teaching appropriate communication skills is essential to developing emotional intelligence in children. Everyday conversation between a parent and a child presents a great opportunity for parents to model and teach children how to practice self-control, regulate emotions, focus, as well as how to be present when engaging with others. From teaching them how to pay attention, notice verbal and non-verbal cues, to showing compassion, and appropriate manners, children begin to harness necessary emotional, mental, behavioral, and social skills that will continue to serve them throughout their lives.”

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