We teach children to read, write, dress themselves or ride a bike. But, what about their emotions? Educating children about positive emotions can become the key to their happiness. Positive emotions make them more resistant in the face of adversity. People who bend but don’t break when confronted with adversity are capable of experiencing positive emotions even during stressful situations.
Many mental health problems have emotional origins. Misunderstood and repressed emotions harm the body and mind. Emotions are always “taught”, the difference is that they can be taught on their own, be it for good or for bad. Or you can also have a direct and conscious influence upon them. Thus, helping the children understand, transform and regulate their emotions.
Educating your emotions
Educating children about their emotions means you are educating them for life. Emotional intelligence is a set of skills to recognize your own emotions and everyone else’s. Also it allows you to manage them appropriately.
A couple of years ago, emotional education consisted in learning to repress certain emotions. However, we have fortunately slowly started to discover emotional intelligence. We have started to give it its due importance. And that includes the adequate expression of emotions, not their repression.
The ideal way of reducing the future levels of violence and increasing the levels of altruism is to encourage social and emotional learning early on. If a child is capable of identifying their emotions and those of his peers, he will know how to react appropriately to them. This will serve as a foundation from which to improve his social abilities, in order to know what to do and when to do it.
Besides, knowing how to express one’s emotions will prevent a child from feeling voiceless. It will help the child ask for help if he feels in danger or threatened.
“Let us not forget that small emotions are the captains of our lives and we obey them without even noticing.”
-Vincent Van Gogh-