One in ten children aged 5 to 16 years old suffer from mental health issues, and 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14, with 75% being established by age 24. This is becoming an increasingly concerning statistic, and between April 2015 and March 2016 (latest figures) 64,765 children were given antidepressant medication, including 315 children aged 6 or under. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Emotional Intelligence – an indicator of success
One of my passions is helping children develop their emotional and social intelligence. In the past, many people believed that it is our IQ – our intelligence – that determines our success, but actually studies have shown that IQ only counts for about 20% of our success, and it is our EQ – our emotional intelligence, how we deal with our emotions – that accounts for 80% of our success.
When I took the Emotions Mentor course with one of our doTERRA leaders, Rebecca Hintze, earlier this year, we learned of different ways to develop emotional intelligence. For children, the first steps I am going to cover in this article are helping children to identify what they are feeling, and then giving them tools that they can independently manage those emotions.
How to help children identify their emotions
Quite often, it can be tricky for us as adults to really understand how we are feeling, and so when we put ourselves in the shoes of a child, particularly a young child, we can start to see how this may prove quite difficult for them. One of the greatest gifts we can give a child in terms of their emotional intelligence is helping them to identify their emotions.