To quote Daniel Goleman “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far”. I am a firm believer that emotional IQ is key for healthy relationships. We have all met someone who is highly intelligent but lacks emotional intelligence and can struggle to express their emotions or function socially. Imagine if we could educate children early on to become aware of and manage their emotions! Although this is rose tinted glasses thinking, I feel a lot of the worlds conflicts could be lessened if people’s emotional IQ was elevated. I read a fantastic book titled “The Emotionally Health Child” and reached out to the author to get her on the podcast as I want you to get the same knowledge as I gained. My guest today is Maureen Healy who is an expert, award winning-author and sought-after speaker on how to improve children’s emotional health. Maureen has a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology and with 15+ years of experience has guided 1000’s of parents and their children towards better emotional health. Maureen has also worked with educators globally providing keynote talks throughout North America, Europe and Asia and writes a popular blog for Psychology Today. In today’s conversation we covered a whole host of topics, including how to identify emotions and express them constructively, how early we can teach emotional health to children, understanding how the left and right side of the brain work for emotional health, what parents can do to teach children emotional health and much much more! Maureen has a fantastic ability to provide immediate actionable tips for parents, teachers and coaches to manage children’s emotions and I’m excited for you to hear her worldly wisdom! So, without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Maureen Healy.
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- Maureen's Books: Books by Maureen Healy
Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “You are loved and you matter”
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