While we often focus on our children’s academic intelligence when assessing their school performance, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that a child’s ability to learn and achieve in school can be influenced by many other factors.
One such factor, which has become an important topic in recent years, is social-emotional intelligence. How a child handles, stress, anxiety, disappointment and sadness can profoundly impact their learning. In fact, studies have shown that a child’s social-emotional intelligence is a better predictor of future success than do grades, as it demonstrates their resilience, problem solving skills and their ability to interact with their peers.Social-emotional intelligence, while innate for some children, can be developed and improved upon in those for whom it does not come naturally. This article from the New York Times Magazine, “Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught” addresses many of these issues. If you think your child may benefit from assistance in this area, there are many resources available to help. Feel free to call me and I’ll be happy to provide you with more information specific to your child.