I’m a firm believer in emotional intelligence. I have to. I’m not smart.
That’s why I buy books like Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. That’s why I plan to read this book to my 3-year old, who is a little shy when meeting someone new.
But I hesitate. Somebody might call Social Services.
Luckily, I found Lindsay Leghorn’s Proud of Our Feelings. It teaches children how to recognize and express their feelings. It does so in an entertaining manner. And it works.
One time, my 3-year old accompanied me to my dentist. He played with toy pans and corn cobs while my dentist drilled holes in my tooth.
“What are you doing?” my dentists asked my 3-year old.
“Cooking corn,” my 3-year old answered, while using his hands as tongs.
“Better be careful,” my dentist warned. “That corn is hot.”
My 3-year old looked at my dentist, unbelieving. He shrugged his shoulders then said: “But it’s just pretend.”
He’s not shy anymore.
Proud of Our Feelings. Try it.
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