Playing with my twin 2 year old grandsons is one of the delights of my life. One moment they are running the circle around my living area laughing and trying to keep ahead of me. The next minute they might be in a puddle on the floor in tears because they ran into each other or slipped on the floor. Their range of emotion is broad and rich and freely expressed. It’s clear that their “energy is in motion”. When afraid they cuddle into their parents arms, when mad they might yell or hit, when sad they cry, when happy, they laugh with delight. At 2 they do not have their own emotion regulating skills or power and need their parents to guide them. Learning how to handle emotions will develop their emotional intelligence and according to social science research supports life success in love, work, and health more than cognitive intelligence.
Emotional Intelligence can be addressed and developed through all stages of life. Of course, learning this skill set as we grow up helps us navigate adult life much easier, but I also consider it a lifelong endeavor that enriches experience beyond our imagination.