Thursday, August 12, 2010
Buy Yourself That: Emotion Coaching Funpak!
I think my bookgroup is reading John Gottman's Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. We haven't talked about it in weeks, but I finished it a while back and really learned a lot from it. It's one of those parenting books that not only helps you become a better parent, but also has the potential to help make you a better person, too. Its core message is one of helping your children identify and cope with their emotions by empathizing and strategizing with them. The idea is simple, but it seems pretty rare in practice. Empathy certainly isn't emphasized in schools (this book is a great read for teachers, too), and it appears to be a newer revelation in parenting given what I've seen on playgrounds, etc., where getting kids to stop feeling their feelings seems to be job one in teaching good behavior. I highly recommend this book to teachers, parents, and caregivers. It's a great one and sure to be useful in improving your relationships with kids and adults alike.
To go with this, I bought Todd Parr's Feelings Flash Cards for Livy to play with.