Have you, as a parent, ever found yourself treating your children in a way you would never tolerate from someone else? The authors of Emotionally Intelligent Parenting call for a new Golden Rule: Do unto your children as you would have other people do unto your children. And most important, they show us how to live by it. Based upon extensive research, firsthand experience, and case studies, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting breaks the mold of traditional parenting books by taking into account the strong role of emotions -- those of parents and children -- in psychological development. With this book, parents will learn how to communicate with children on a deeper, more gratifying level and how to help them successfully navigate the intricacies of relating to others. The authors take the five basic principles of Daniel Goleman's best-seller, Emotional Intelligence, and explain how they can be applied to successful parenting. To this end, the book offers suggestions, stories, dialogues, activities, and a special section of Sound EQ Parenting Bites to help parents use their emotions in the most constructive ways, focusing on such everyday issues as sibling rivalry, fights with friends, school situations, homework, and peer pressure. In the authors' extensive experience, children respond quickly to these strategies, their self-confidence is strengthened, their curiosity is piqued, and they learn to assert their independence while developing their ability to make responsible choices.
About the Author
Maurice J. Elias earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Elias is a Professor for the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University, and co-developer of the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving Project. Areas of research interest include clinical, school, and community psychology particularly in the area of children, adolescents, and families; design and evaluation of preventive interventions; social, cognitive, and behavioral competence; and emotional intelligence.
Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Coordinator, Internship Program in Applied, School, and Community Psychology at Rutgers University, and Co-founder of the Consortium on the School-Based Promotion of Social Competence. His school-based life skills development and problem behavior prevention programs have been recognized as national models by the National Mental Health Association and the Program Effectiveness Panel of the U.S. Department of Education's National Diffusion Network. Dr. Elias is currently working with the Collaboration for the Advancement of Social and Emotional Learning to develop guidelines for implementing social competence-building programs in the schools.
Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D., is President of Psychological Enterprises, Inc., a company devoted to the development of innovative technologies and materials designed to improve children's social and affective development. He also serves as a consultant to schools and maintains a private practice working with children and families. In addition, he is on staff at the Child Development Center of Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey.
Friedlander is a software developer and school psychologist in N.J. and has written many articles on the relationship of technology to problem-solving skills in adolescents.