The Attitude Doc

Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Children

On the drive home after a 1986 backpack trip into the Sierra, I started to share the thought with my buddy, of wondering why children couldn’t learn the alphabet by having the letter associated with a feeling, rather than “a” is for apple and “b” is for balloon. A rather novel idea.

The thoughts persisted enough to give birth in 1989 to ABC Feelings Coloring book. For example, “A” is for feeling accepted, “B” is for feeling brave, “C” is for feeling confused. pioneering a new idea and marketing it was an uphill climb. “A book about feelings?”

Fast forward—after years of having developed and promoted many products based on this theme, speaking at children’s conferences, and sharing these vital principles, the blatant disrespect being shown for animals motivated me to write Endangered Species Have Feelings Too.

Twenty-six different endangered species speak first person of their characteristics as well as WHY they are endangered. Each state two feelings, one positive and the other negative about their circumstances. Elephants are sentient beings—feeling masterful and mournful. The polar bear tells of her 426-mile swim in search of an ice flow; “E” is for feeling exhausted.

Choices humans are making towards habitat destruction, and the results of those choices.

In the Fascinating Facts section, which is included with each page of text and illustration is the basis for a study plan, stimulating conversation, dinnertime sharing, interaction and exercises. The book nurtures emotional literacy, teaches compassion, empathy, respect and provides food for thought and discussion.

Developing an emotional vocabulary is a tool that serves a child throughout life, as well as an adult. To be able to recognize our emotions, become aware of our inner world, guidance for true communication, and develop strong and meaningful relationships.

So it is more than just a book; it’s a tool for teaching empathy and conservation. The book combines the concept of emotional literacy with the importance of protecting endangered species.

Understanding and managing emotions is a crucial skill for children, and that’s where the concept of emotional intelligence comes into play. Emotional intelligence is a vital part of a child’s development, as it helps them deal with social situations, build strong relationships, and make wise decisions. By teaching them from a young age, we equip children with the tools they need to handle life’s challenges with empathy, resilience, and understanding. Endangered Species Have Feelings Too not only educates children about the natural world and conservation but also serves as a valuable resource.

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