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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence. To some of us, this means everything, the all-encompassing social/emotional development of the gifted individual.  To others, it means nothing except an excuse schools use to decline to educate our gifted children, ignoring their academic needs as an aside. What does Emotional Intelligence mean to you?  Read this month's blogs and I'm certain you'll find one or many that resonate with you.

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Anxiety and Gifted social issues.

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Emotional Intelligence: They Do Exist by Covington Latin School
Understanding emotions may be similar to trying to find other life forms on Mars, but the reality is they exist! Before I dive into why emotional awareness is important, let me address what emotions are. This may seem like a simple phenomenon, but is it?
Stop Crying or I’ll Give You Something to Cry About: The Misguided Notion That Boys Must Be Tough by Lisa on Raising Wizards
Unfortunately for gifted boys, high sensitivity also comes with intense emotional reactions. It only makes sense, given the nature of the sensitive person's central nervous system, but because our society expects boys to act steadfast, fearless, bold and even aggressive in order to show "manliness," life for a sensitive boy can be difficult. Trained to hide his emotions from a young age, a sensitive or gifted boy can lose the essential connection that emotional intelligence provides among us all...
10 Ways to Foster Emotional Intelligence at Home by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies
Social-emotional skills are important life skills, skills that help us to navigate our world, connect with others, and build life-long relationships.As a school psychologist and mom to three young children, I believe it is important to teach children to identify, express, and manage emotions in a healthy way. But in order to express and manage those emotions, one must first be able to identify emotions...
Teaching Children to be Emotionally Intelligent by Heather, The Fringy Bit
We cannot expect children to do what we cannot do. We cannot expect to magically teach our children how to identify and effectively regulate their own emotions when we are dysregulated. Especially for our emotionally intense children, our empathic children, our children who feel the energy of a room but cannot verbalize what that energy means.

How do we teach a child to be emotionally intelligent? We work, first, on improving our own emotional intelligence...
Too Sensitive, Too Dramatic, Too Intense -- What is Emotional Intelligence? by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
How do we define emotional intelligence when we're talking about your rainforest mind? Maybe you feel that you are the opposite of emotionally intelligent. Here are some possible reasons:

You feel emotionally UN-intelligent because when you were a youngster, everyone told you that you were too sensitive, too dramatic and way too emotional.

You feel emotionally UN-intelligent because when you were a little tyke you had frequent flamboyant meltdowns.

You feel emotionally UN-intelligent...
The Fifth Be-Attitude of Gifted Elders ~ Nurture Your Poetic Soul, Emotional Intelligence, a Request by Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
I confess that I have not been nurturing my poetic soul much lately. I have not spent the time lost in words, or nature, or images. It takes the jarring of lines such as those above to bring me back to the hunger for poetry that needs to be satisfied in order to restore my balance. Other paths to nourishing our poetic souls are found in music, in art, in any of the creative worlds, either natural or crafted by humans. In gratitude for the student who brought me back, I offer this as the fifth be-attitude of gifted elders - nurture your poetic soul...
How to Parent with Empathy by Jen Campbell, repurposed genealogy
My children's emotions are not mine own. With four boys, one of them is usually having an off day. It rotates. Thankfully, it is rarely the same child two days in a row. If they are all okay, chances are I may be struggling. I used to take it personally when my kids were cranky or ornery. I thought it was my job to fix it as their mother...
What is Emotional Intelligence? by Nicole LaChance,  Institute for Educational Advancement
When I saw the topic for this month’s Hoagies Gifted Education Page blog hop was “Emotional Intelligence” I have to admit I was a bit stumped. Not a topic with which I’m very familiar, I was overwhelmed with the possibility of having to write an informed blog post. So, I turned to the trusty Google search and did some digging...
Supporting & Developing EQ in Your Child by The Grayson School
Gifted children are known for being sensitive — to new ideas, to scratchy labels in their clothes, to artificial colors, to flickering fluorescent lights — so it should not surprise us that they are often highly emotionally sensitive, as well. Their parents may think of this as “oversensitive” or “intense,” and could have a difficult time helping them navigate the world as a result...
Your Needs are Not an Afterthought: Giftedness, Self-Care, Individuality, Excitability by Aurora Remember
Two key practices she uses to help with this include a daily gratitude practice and the use of Nonviolent Communication as a tool to connect with her own feelings and needs. This is a tool that we have both found extremely useful both for communicating with ourselves and being able to communicate our needs to others. I use the acronym STAR to remember the steps in the process...
Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids by Colleen on Raising Lifelong Learners
When raising gifted and intense kids, we have our work cut out for us. Gifted kids are asynchronous and often challenge all we thought we knew about discipline. A lot of the struggles we face as tired parents of smart kids can be related to how well our children are able to grow emotionally.

Have you ever thought about your kiddo’s emotional intelligence?
Nurturing Emotional Intelligence in Kids by Planet Smarty Pants
Just like academic intelligence, emotional intelligence is more than just one thing. I think a picture above nails it. Emotional intelligence means, first of all, recognizing emotions in yourself, then learning to "read" emotions in others, and, finally, most importantly, it's ability to manage your own emotions and positively affect emotions of others.

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?
Managing Overwhelming Emotions by Juliette in The Gifted Interior
Life happens, sometimes overwhelmingly so, and when it does it can seem almost impossible to sort through and manage all of the emotions that come. Whether the joyful threads of creating new love stories, the bittersweet stitches of crafting memories with loved ones you will soon have to miss, or the painful loss of cutting deep threads of relationships you don’t want to lose; it can feel almost impossible to cope....
Emotional Intelligence and the Over-Excitable Gifted Learner by Gift-Ed Connections
There are many times in my work with gifted students that the question of emotional intelligence emerges as well as the deliberation over whether a strong EQ is favourable over a high IQ and the influence one might have on the other. Teachers and parents will often comment on the intensity of emotions that they observe and wonder about their child or student’s emotional intelligence. This sometimes leads to a conversation around the over-excitabilities (of which one is emotional over-excitability) which are considered gifted traits. So how do the over-excitabilities relate emotional intelligence, especially when it appears as thought the child is struggling with regulating their emotions?... 

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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