Emotional literacy emerged with neuroscientific researches in the 90s, seeking to understand how the brain works its thoughts and emotions. As we recognize the feelings that bother us, we learn how to manage them and make assertive decisions according to what we are feeling.

The child learns to control their reactions. 

In order to educate themselves emotionally, children need to learn first to identify situations and behaviors in others, and the many ways to respond to them. Thus, by controlling their reactions in the face of what happens to them, they will become less frustrated. Consequently, building up their self-esteem, empathy, developing clear communication, and building stable and healthy relationships.

The child with excellent emotional skills becomes more balanced and avoid destructive behaviors and toxic people. This ability is essential not only during the school years but throughout their lives. Dealing with people, work under pressure, be flexible, and adaptable are crucial skills for the personal and professional success of an adult. However, the foundation of these skills is built when we are still very young. 

Failing to build this solid base will generate serious consequences that may be difficult to reverse.

Tips on how to foster emotional literacy: 

 Teaching emotional literacy is a process in which we seek to analyze our impulses and reactions in a rational way. You will know you are making progress when:

  1. Your child knows how to identify what they’re feeling; 
  2. they know how to use the tools you taught them to express their feelings healthily; and 
  3. they know how to be in control of their emotions and reactions. 

Recognizing and working on these steps will not only help your kid cope with what they feel, but it will also increase their self-control and self-confidence. Consequently making it easier for them to deal with adversities and solve conflicts.