Honing in on emotional intelligence at KidZone

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Have you ever wondered how to be a better emotional coach for your children? Or how to help your student behave in a way that meets society’s expectations? Do you want people to think the best of your child? Are you interested in the role of emotions and reaction to those emotions that impact relationships and parenting skills?At Fostering Your Child’s EQ, an interactive session for parents and early childhood providers presented by Custom Learning Academy’s Lisa Crosby, M.Ed., Jan. 29, 5:30-7 p.m. attendees will gain insights on the role emotions play in life and strategies for being healthy emotional coaches. “Family life is our first school for emotional learning. In this intimate cauldron we learn how to feel about ourselves and how others will react to our feelings; how to think about these feelings and what choices we have in reacting; how to read and express hopes and fears,” writes Daniel Goleman, an internationally recognized psychologist and author of the best-selling book “Emotional Intelligence.””This emotional schooling operates not just through the things parents say and do directly, but also in the models they offer for handling their own feelings and those that pass between husband and wife. Some parents are gifted emotional teachers, others atrocious,” Goleman adds.Fostering your child’s EQ The researched-backed presentation at the KidZone Children’s Museum in Truckee will include parent-friendly techniques, examples and time for Q&A. Attendees will discover and discuss strategies to develop and enhance emotional quotient or “EQ,” the ability to get along with other peers and adults along with perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Topics will include self-awareness and regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.Who should attend? Parents and caregivers of young children between the ages of 4 and 9 are encouraged to attend this free community event. Seating is limited. Kindly RSVP by calling 530-587-5470 or e-mailing Lisa CrosbyLisa Crosby, M.Ed., the director of Custom Learning Academy (CLA), has more than 20 years of secondary and college teaching experience. She holds credentials in kindergarten through eighth-grade education, multiple subject mathematics with calculus, physical science and literacy with an emphasis in brain research. CLA is a fully accredited, private kindergarten through twelfth-grade WASC-accredited school in Tahoe Donner. To learn more about how CLA is spearheading education reform through a proven model, call 530-587-5470, e-mail or visit KidZone and EQ DevelopmentAt the KidZone Children’s Museum the environment and programs are designed around the belief children should be supported in working together to problem solve, share and explore. “At KidZone, we pride ourselves in providing an open-ended exploration space that in turn fosters EQ development. We hope that parents will be listeners and supporters as they thoughtfully observe their children in this open-ended setting, joyfully watching as their children independently creates, discovers and shares,” said Stephanie Blume, program manager at the KidZone Children’s Museum.

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