So far in our “1 minute Peppy Talks” we’ve discussed different activities around emotional intelligence that help children develop self-knowledge and empathy. A third step is then for children to develop a sense of responsibility, which is a considerable portion of EQ.
Knowing what rules to follow brings clarity and breeds safety for children. Those who live in a world of good emotional guides often experience fewer disciplinary problems than others. Emotions are not chaotic or hard to handle because these children have learnt how to console themselves through good emotional guidance. So where do you start as an adult?
Exercise; Begin by explaining the words choice, decision and consequence. That a decision is a choice you make and that every decision is followed by a consequence.
Ask; Do you know an example when you’ve made a choice?
- What were the consequences of that choice?
- What are the consequences if you:
– Ask someone if they want to play?
– You hug your teachers/dad/mom?
– Go to bed late at night?
– Push someone?
– Help a friend?
– Take something that doesn’t belong to you?
Purpose; To get acquainted with the words decision and consequence to subsequently learn to make choices and decisions based on consequences.
Want to experience more? As you might have noticed, the level is slightly more difficult than the previous EQ-activities we’ve discussed. If you feel that you’re having trouble with explaining choices, decisions and consequences, take a step back and use some of the earlier activities we’ve talked about. Perhaps a good way to explain how decisions can have different consequences could be by reading a book where you can use story-telling to visualize situations.