WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS – WORKSHOP 2 – EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR SCHOOL

WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS – THE IMPORTANCE OF EMOTIONAL SKILLS
13 December 2018
WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS – WORKSHOP 3 – DEVELOPING POSITIVE SOCIAL SKILLS
17 December 2018

Thank to this workshop, parents will know how to promote listening skills in their children.
Parents will be able to promote problem-solving skills in their children.
Parents will be able to promote the development of empathy in their children through noticing emotions in themselves and others.

Main contents
1. Working as a part of a society
How children can work as part of the society. How parents can reinforce in children positive behaviours. How children can understand how their behaviour affects those around him and develop empathy for others.
2. Developing listening skills
How parents can help children to develop good listening skills, to be tuned in to the environment around them and to have the skills to react appropriately to that environment.
3. Developing problem solving skills
How parents can learn not to try to solve problems for children and to not give them the opportunity to try for themselves.
How parents can nurture children into confident and independent adults who can make a meaningful contribution to the world.
How children can develop a problem-solving attitude as a fundamentally creative activity that allows them to experience a sense of “process” which will result in an inner self-management system.
How parents can encourage children to brainstorm a variety of ideas in order to develop resilience and flexibility.
4. Empathy for others
How parents can teach children to be empathetic helping them to appreciate that other people have feelings and we need to acknowledge their feelings.

How parents can give to children the tools to be aware of both their own and other people’s feelings.
Raising children’s awareness about their own feelings and those of the people around them and helping them to make better choices about how they responds in social situations.

Methodologies
Case of study
Role playing
Group discussion

Emotional intelligence toolkit for parents – Practice in family
Listening activities
Remind children of the importance of waiting their turn to speak and of listening to people around them. These are important skills to carry into the school environment.
Playing games with children will help to develop their listening skills. For example, ask them to close their eyes and listen to the sounds around them. Do the activity with them and then share what you each heard.
Teaching your children songs and rhymes improves not only their language, but their listening skills as well. This can be extended to teaching something in another language. If your children struggles to listen, make sure to first make eye contact before you give an instruction and if need be, ask them to repeat back to you, what the instruction was. This can also be done in the form of a game, such as giving three instructions to follow and then giving children a chance to perform them.
Some problem solving games to play in family
Memory match: Put some objects on a tray or in a box lid. Ask your child to memorise what is on the tray. Cover the tray and then ask her to recall as many objects as possible. Keep score and see what is the best score out of three rounds.
I spy: When going on a walk or outing play I-spy-with-my-little-eye something beginning with…. (insert an initial letter), and the child must guess what you are seeing. This game can be adapted to include things that are heard instead of seen.
Make a homemade puzzle using an old calendar picture stuck on cardboard. Ask the child to cut it into pieces after she has made shapes on the back of the calendar.
Follow a recipe together and make a dish that everyone can enjoy. The steps for the recipe will require problem solving to have the desired outcome.
Developing empathy
Ask children how they think someone else may feel in a particular situation. Stories can help in this regard. When reading to your children, you can present multiple scenarios and ask them how a particular character feels.
When discussing the school day with your children, ask them how their friends felt about a particular event and how she felt.
Making use of a feelings diary will help you and your children to monitor your daily feelings. Use the technique of drawing a smiley face or sad face, etc. to show how you are feeling. This can be done using a finger scale of 1-4 when you say goodbye or hello. Showing one finger can mean that your children is not feeling happy, two means okay, 3 means all is fine and 4

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