Making music with your child can be so much fun for both of you, whether you’re singing along to the radio in the car, jamming on plastic bowl “drums,” or dancing to songs on your iPod. The simple and enjoyable act of making music with your child naturally fosters important social and emotional skills, such as self-regulation, self-confidence, leadership skills, social skills, and socio-emotional intelligence.
Research has shown that those with high emotional intelligence have better attention skills and fewer learning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings. We offer the following examples as a guide to help you continue
Maurice J. Elias is Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University and Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab (www.secdlab.org). He has written Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (www.researchpress.com), The Joys & Oys of Parenting (Behrman House), and a blog on Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) at www.edutopia.org.
@EducationNation and Parent Toolkit teamed up with experts Cathy Cartier, teacher at Affton High School, and Maurice Elias, Director of Social Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers University, for April's ToolkitTalk Twitter Chat. We talked about raising socially responsible kids in today's world. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below and join us next month!
EducationNation and Parent Toolkit teamed up with Dr. Bobbi Wegner (@drbobbiwegner), Clinical Psychologist at Boston Behavioral Medicine, and Maurice J. Elias (@SELinSchools), Director of Rutgers University's Social-Emotional Learning Lab, to chat about the importance of fostering compassion in kids.
Roger P. Weissberg is NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning and UIC Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also Chief Knowledge Officer of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an organization committed to making evidence-based social and emotional academic learning an essential part of education.