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Emotional Intelligence: Goal-Directed Behaviors

What makes a child resilient? One caring, consistent adult. Just one. And, for a child to securely attach, that adult needs to get it right only 50% of the time. Whew! That is a relief, right? We are not perfect, and we will make mistakes, but they help us grow.

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Children borrow hope and determination from us. They are watching to see how we go about solving problems and challenges. Do we get nasty and frustrated, or work hard and do our best? Children can handle seeing a grown-up struggling if they are told that it is part of life. Acknowledging that a task is difficult is important, as children must learn that if we continue to practice, not give up and learn we can accomplish new things. Fred Rogers often spoke to athletes, musicians, and others about sticking to something and the value of practicing what they loved. He demonstrated this concept when he showed how he was committed to swimming every morning for exercise.

What are some things that you have achieved that you are proud of? How can you share them with your students? What about your own children? Is there a classroom behavior or academic goal you can set? What about setting SMART goals for at home or at school?

What is a SMART goal?

This is a great list of books with clear problems and solutions complied by thisreadingmama,

Never underestimate the power of pulling a child onto your lap, or onto the carpet for a read aloud. There is power in a story and all we can learn while listening.

How did the characters solve their problem? Would they handle things the same way? What would they do differently? Did the character make a kind choice? What problems have they solved lately? Is there anything on their heart today?

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Take good care.

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