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How Emotional Intelligence Can Help Your Child Thrive

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University, joins Mighty Mommy to talk about how better emotional intelligence can help kids (and parents!) succeed.

By
Cheryl Butler,
Episode #544
emotional intelligence

Just as you walk in the door from a long day at work, your tween gets off the bus. She throws her backpack against the wall, runs to her bedroom, and slams the door shut while screaming that she hates school. Yikes! What could have happened to cause that kind of outburst?

Maybe she's just had a rough day. But chances are there’s a lot more going on.  

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University, joins Mighty Mommy to discuss scenarios similar to this and, more importantly, what we can do to help.

Dr. Brackett believes that the mental well-being of children and adults is shockingly poor. His new book, Permission To Feel, teaches us how to become emotion scientists so that emotions can help rather than hinder our success.

Dr. Brackett believes that the mental well-being of children and adults is shockingly poor. His new book, Permission To Feel, teaches us how to become emotion scientists so that emotions can help rather than hinder our success. In his book, he presents a five-step method he calls RULER. This evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning has been adopted by nearly 2,000 schools, pre-K through high school, across the United States and in other countries.

In today’s interview, we'll learn how to recognize our emotions, understand what has caused them, label them with precise terms and descriptions, safely and effectively express them, and egulate them in productive ways.

Learn How to Help Your Family Feel and Manage Their Emotions in a Healthy Way

Dr. Brackett says, “Too many children and adults are suffering; they are unaware of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be.”   

Have a listen to the interview by clicking on the audio player above. In this episode, we'll learn about:

  • Emotional intelligence and how we can finally be honest in answering the question “how are you feeling?”     
  • What the acronym RULER stands for and how it can help with emotional learning
  • How RULER can help families have better communication in their homes
  • How parents can teach RULER methods to their kids.
  • Why RULE is a helpful tool for students in school
  • Why RULER is an effective tool to help adults understand and regulate their emotions
  • The commonality that we as parents share that is detrimental when trying to raise emotionally well-balanced kids
  • Tips that will generate consistent, positive results for managing healthy emotions while raising our kids

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