Express yourself, my little Zwergi!
Do you recognize the emotion you are feeling, my little toddler? Can you manage those feelings without allowing them to swamp you? Can you sense the emotions of others and respond to them?
These questions could be also asked to all of us in order to measure our skills that form the basis of Emotional Intelligence (EI) - an individual’s ability to understand and use emotion in one’s self, but also in others. According to Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer - leading researchers in the field, Emotional Intelligence represents the ability not only to perceive emotion, but also to evaluate and then express emotion. The development of emotional competence skills is a developmental process and it manifests differently at different ages.
With young children, emotional knowledge is more concrete, with a focus on perceived factors. Young children’s emotion expression and regulation are less developed, requiring more support and reinforcement from the social environment.
By being self-aware of its emotions, comforted and supported when dealing with them in early childhood, a child gain confidence and is able to better communicate its needs and understand those of others. Later on, emotional self-awareness is crucial in recognizing what motivates you and, in turn, what brings you fulfillment.
This is exactly where BEGABUNGO – Zwergi EMO hats fit in!
When a kid is stepping towards introspective self-evaluation in order to identify behavioral and emotional aspects of our psychological make-up – BEGABUNGO sun hat with 3 pairs of eyes and mouths that can be detached and changed will help them, through play, to become self-aware of basic emotions – happiness, sadness, fear, surprise.
Only after the first milestones being crossed, a kid is ready to learn how to self-regulate emotions, how to manage negative or disruptive emotions and how to adapt to changes in circumstance, creating a future basis for managing conflicts.
Third hurdle on this emotional bumpy road is to learn about empathy - ability to recognize and understand how others are feeling and consider those feelings before responding in social situations.
Development of all aspects is impossible without strong parent-child bond – ONLY in this way a kid will become a stable emotional human-being!
Having strong emotional basis it is later easier to build the connection with people through skills such as active listening, verbal and nonverbal communication.
One must not undervalue Emotional intelligence! Emotional intelligence has been shown to play a meaningful role in academic success, mental and physical health - the findings of Bar-On (1997) suggested that people with higher EI performed better than those with lower EI in life.
The skills of emotional competence do not develop in isolation from each other and their progression is tied to cognitive development. Insight into others’ emotions is in direct interaction with expanding awareness of own emotional experience, with one’s ability to empathize and with the capacity to understand causes of emotions and their behavioral consequences.So, express yourself, my little Zwergi and become self-aware what it happening inside you, as this represent the basis for your future emotional and social development!